Joanna Jedrzejczyk Reveals Her Next Fight Will Be for the UFC Strawweight Title

The former champion is looking to get her belt back in 2018

Joanna Jedrzejczyk isn’t going to sit on the sidelines and sulk about her loss.

In fact just weeks after Jedrzejczyk suffered a shocking first round knockout to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217, she says the UFC has already assured her a title fight when she’s ready to return to the Octagon next year.

Of course the question now remains whether or not Namajunas will face a different opponent or wait to face the former champion when she looks to defend her title for the first time.

“Rose was very shocked, like the rest of the world. Like I’ve said, she won in a beautiful fashion, but the belt is mine. I’ve built this weight class. I’m the queen of this weight class and I always will be. You can believe it or not,” Jedrzejczyk said when speaking to InTheCagePL (translation via FloCombat).

“I know what I want in life. Just like I’ve done for the last two years, the last 14 years of my career, it will be the same next year. I back up my words, I don’t just talk. I already spoke to the UFC, and my return is set. My next fight will be for the title belt. I don’t know if Rose is going to want to fight in a month, in January or in February. I’ll spend the next two months in Poland with my family.”

Jedrzejczyk just returned home to Poland a few days ago after remaining in the United States just after her title fight loss to Namajunas in New York.

From the sound of things, she plans on taking an extended break to spend time with her fiancé and family back home in Poland before returning to the United States to begin her next training camp.

Jedrzejczyk was a five-time defending champion so it’s not all that surprising that the UFC would offer her an immediate rematch, although it’s unclear at this time if Namajunas is willing to wait or if she might take on another contender in the mean time.

Several fighters have already expressed interest in facing Namajunas but the rematch with Jedrzejczyk would also draw a lot of interest, especially considering the way the first fight ended.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.