Former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will look to bounce back from her second successive defeat to Rose Namajunas at UFC Calgary in July.
UFC 217 may have contained one of the biggest shock upsets of all-time but at UFC 223 in the rematch, Rose Namajunas proved that her stunning first-round KO of Joanna Jedrzejczyk was anything but a fluke.
In the night’s co-main event, the two finest strawweights on the planet went at it for the five scheduled rounds, with the momentum swinging wildly throughout and while Joanna certainly had her moments in the middle portion of the fight, Rose’s strong start and urgent finish saw her earn the win and take home the belt.
A lot was made of the outside factors that may have led to Jedrzejczyk’s first loss at the hands of ‘Thug’ Rose, whether that be on the mental side of things of her excessive weight-cut but after the rematch, there was little doubt left as to the reasons behind her defeat.
She will look to get her title ambitions back on track when she takes on Tecia Torres at UFC Calgary on July 28.
Torres, who actually has fought Namajunas to both a win and a loss, fell short against Jessica Andrade last time out but has been considered one of the divisions top prospects for quite some time now, dating back to her days within the Invicta promtion.
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Will we see the emergence of a new contender at 115lbs or will Joanna do what she has managed to do to all strawweights not named Rose Namajunas to date and further her claim for what will be a third shot at the current champion?
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena