Joanna Jedrzejczyk will return to the Octagon next month at UFC 275 against Zhang Weili. It is her first fight in the UFC since their first matchup at UFC 248. The first fight between these two is considered one of the best fights in the history of the UFC.
Fans cant wait to see these two run it back again, and considering the current scenario of the strawweight division, the winner of this fight could very well be fighting for the title. Rose Namajunas lost her title to Carla Esparza in a title rematch at UFC 274, and Joanna holds a win over Carla.
Many believe Joanna is on the last leg of her professional career, but they couldn’t be further away from the truth. Joanna feels excellent about her comeback, and she talked about it in a recent interview with MMA Fighting. She said, “It’s a six-fight deal. But this fight is not going to be my last fight or the second or the third, I feel a second wind. I’m turning 35 this year and I never felt so good. Physically, mentally, I’m just happy.”
“Can’t get my face beat up again for little money”- Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants big bucks for her rematch against Zhang Weili
Joanna is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in women’s MMA, and she earns a decent amount of money from brand deals outside the octagon, as well. Joanna said when someone gets paid for doing nothing it takes extra motivation to train hard, and get back in the octagon. “All of the opportunities I have outside of the gym and outside of the octagon, the money I can make isn’t easy because I have to work my ass so hard,” Jedrzejczyk stated. “But somehow you need this extra motivation to get back to the octagon.”
She added, “I can’t just go there and get my face beat up again for little money and no exposure, etc. There has to be something extra beside the love and the desire I have to this sport. I feel like I’m still one of the greatest in the strawweight division and I just want to go there and prove that on June 11.”