LAS VEGAS – Joanna Jedrzejczyk is only looking to fight the upper echelon of the division in her return.
The former women’s strawweight queen hasn’t competed since her Fight of the Year war against Zhang Weili at UFC 248 in March 2020, and avenging her loss is the top priority.
“I have No. 1 interest in this fight,” Jedrzejczyk told reporters, including MMA Junkie on Saturday while a guest fighter at UFC 272.
But if Jedrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) doesn’t get Weili (21-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), whom she says currently is dealing with visa and quarantine issues, she wants either the champion or the projected next title challenger.
“I have three names I want to fight: Rose Namajunas, No. 1 contender Carla Esparza, or Weili Zhang,” Jedrzejczyk said. “We put on a hell of a performance. Why not do it again?
“I’m waiting on big fights only. Weili was busy with fighting Rose, so now Carla Esparza shows up. She’s the next pretendant, and I’m ready to get back. But I was focused on myself, on getting better. I feel strong physically, mentally and just happy to be here. I’m training really hard.”
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