UFC President Dana White confirmed at the UFC Fight Night 80 post-fight press conference that a rematch between UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha is in the works. White did not give a timetable for the fight.
Jedrzejczyk recently spoke about the fight and was not too high on it, because Gadelha only fought once in 2015 and is getting a title shot. If it were up to the champion, Gadelha would have to get one more win in order to get a title shot.
“Everybody wants to fight with the champion,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie. “Better money, better exposure. But you know, man, she did one fight in 2015. I think she should have one more fight, and then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha met in a non-title fight at UFC on FOX 13 in 2014, which saw Jedrzejczyk winning the fight via split decision.
“How many times do we have split decisions? So many times,” she said. “But I won this fight, and she should stop complaining about it. But I’m a different fighter. It’s been 12 months, and I’m a different fighter.”
The question remains when this fight will take place because Jędrzejczyk did undergo surgery to repair her broken hand back on November 24th. It appears that the UFC is just waiting on Jędrzejczyk to get healthy and then when she is, they will book the fight.
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