Joanna Jędrzejczyk Vows To “Beat The S**t” Out Of Weili Zhang Anywhere

 

Former UFC strawweight champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, has promised to not only reclaim the 115-pound throne in a matchup with Weili Zhang next year, but also plans to “beat the s**t” out of the China native in the process.

Polish Muay Thai ace Jędrzejczyk recently returned to the winner’s enclosure, after a brief challenge for flyweight gold, at UFC Fight Night Tampa, as she exacted a five-round beating of former Invicta FC atomweight champion, Michelle ‘The Karate Hottie’ Waterson. The victory over Jackson-Wink MMA staple Waterson has seemingly reinstated Jędrzejczyk into championship contention, against Hebei striker Zhang, who became the premier UFC champion hailing from Asia in August, via an opening minute knockout of Jessica Andrade. In a recent interview with South China Morning Post, the Pole outlined her thoughts on a potential championship showcase with the 30-year-old.

I signed an agreement before the fight with Michelle Waterson,” Jędrzejczyk said. “I knew that after I got the victory I was going to fight for the belt.. This is whats going to happen next, and I’m just waiting for the date and the location, and then we are going to rock it. Anywhere, anytime. Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Warsaw, Toronto, it doesn’t matter where. For me, it doesn’t matter. I will make my way. Even if we have to take a canoe, I will make it to China and beat the s**t out of her.

Jędrzejczyk, who turns 33-years-old next summer, began her dominant title run in 2015 against Carla Esparza, and would go on to lodge five consecutive title defenses against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and the previously mentioned Andrade. In her sixth attempted title defense, Jędrzejczyk dropped the championship in shocking fashion to the popular Rose Namajunas via a earth-shattering first round knockout. A second loss followed against ‘Thug’ Rose, before the Olsztyn native made the leap to 125-pounds as she clashed with Valentina Shevchenko after a victory over Tecia Torres.

30-year-old finisher Zhang, has fast tracked her way to Octagon gold, scoring victories over Danielle Taylor, Jessica Aguilar, and Tecia Torres before she relieved Andrade of champion status earlier this year.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk will go to extreme lengths to fight Weili Zhang

UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk is willing to do just about anything to get her hands on Strawweight Champion Weili Zhang.

The Chinese champ is coming off the back of her sensational first round title win over Jessica Andrade which made her the first ever champion to stem from China. Ever since then there have been many questions raised as to who her first title defense will be against, with a series of names being suggested.

Jedrzejczyk has been one of them, especially in the wake of her impressive victory over Michelle Waterson recently.

During an interview with South China Morning Post, the popular Pole had the following to say about a title shot.

“I signed an agreement before the fight with Michelle Waterson,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I knew that after I got the victory I was going to fight for the belt. This is what’s going to happen next, and I’m just waiting for the date and the location, and then we’re going to rock it.”

“Anywhere, anytime,” she added. “Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Warsaw, Toronto, it doesn’t matter where. For me, it doesn’t matter. I will make my way. Even if we have to take a canoe, I will make it to China and beat the s*** out of her.”

The former champion has never been one to hold her tongue, and she isn’t about to start now. The impressive rise of Weili Zhang has been well documented in the last few months after her big win, but the story of Jedrzejczyk attempting to win back the belt is arguably equally as intriguing.

There are still some questions as to how the likes of Rose Namajunas fit into this conversation, which makes sense, so it’ll be intriguing to see how the division ends up playing out.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk will lose to Weili Zhang, says Jessica Andrade

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade predicts that new champ Weili Zhang will defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk if they fight.

Andrade lost her belt in stunning fashion to Zhang in the summer at UFC China via first-round TKO. It was Andrade’s first title defense after winning the belt from Rose Namajunas with a slam KO back at UFC 237 in May. Andrade also has a previous loss to Jedrzejczyk, so she’s very familiar with both fighters.

Jedrzejczyk defeated Michelle Waterson at UFC Tampa in what appeared to be a No. 1 contender’s fight for Zhang’s title. The UFC has not yet booked Jedrzejczyk against Zhang, but that fight seems likely to happen sometime in 2020.

Speaking to MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz, Andrade was asked who will win that fight between two of her former opponents. The Brazilian predicts that Zhang will beat Jedrzejczyk.

“A fight with Joanna would be very interesting,” Andrade said. “Joanna is one of the best in the division, and she has evolved a lot, as we saw in her last fight. Weili Zhang is very strong, is really fast on the feet, so I it would be really interesting.

“It’s a hard one to predict who would win, but I’d bet on Weili Zhang. I think she would continue to reign, because of her strength. Even though she’s not the type of fighter that goes for takedowns and prefers to stay on the feet, she’s very strong and kicks really hard – something Joanna doesn’t handle that well.”

Zhang has won 20 straight fights since losing her MMA debut back in 2013 and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC since making her Octagon debut in 2018. As for Jedrzejczyk, she is 16-3 overall in her MMA career including a 10-3 record inside the Octagon. If the UFC books this fight as expected, it would pit arguably the two top strikers in the women’s strawweight division against each other for the belt.

Who would you pick to win a UFC women’s strawweight title fight between Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk?

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The Tuesday Throwback: UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

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November 12th. 2016, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor makes Octagon history. The then reigning featherweight champion made the move a division higher in a quest to become a multiple-weight champion held simultaneously as many before him have tried. Headlining the promotion’s first ever card in the state of New York City, McGregor clashes with incumbent 155-pound best, Eddie ‘The Underground King’ Alvarez.

Over two rounds, Crumlin born McGregor systematically batters Philidelphia native Alvarez to claim his second undisputed title under the UFC banner, and become the first mixed-martial-artist in company antiquity to lift two world titles at the same time. The performance McGregor lodged that night was breathtaking. It was a culmination of expert counter-striking, timing, movement and collectedness that seen the Straight Blast Gym trainee score four knockdowns inside just seven minutes. Simply put, I don’t believe we’ve witnessed a better outing for the Dubliner than that famous night at Madison Square Garden. The victory over the storied Alvarez, catapulted McGregor into a highly lucrative, cross-promotion boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. the following August.

Rounding off a three title-fight card, Alvarez vs. McGregor was backed by a welterweight showcase between then champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, while former strawweight best Joanna Jędrzejczyk defended her 115-pound title against compatriot, Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

In a brilliantly competitive showing between the two, Woodley and ‘Wonderboy’ battled to a majority draw over five rounds, as Missouri native Woodley successfully retained his title. At UFC 209 at the beginning of 2017, Woodley once more kept hold of the gold, this time via a split decision win over Thompson in the subsequent rematch. Also at her sparkling best that night, was Joanna Jędrzejczyk. The Pole point-fighting master exacted a sharp Muay Thai display against Kowalkiewicz as she managed a fourth successful title defense.

Before our triple-threat of title matchups, future three time title tilter, Yoel Romero launched his championship aspirations with a brutal third round flying-knee victory over former middleweight kingpin, Chris Weidman. Romero flew at Weidman as the latter attempted an early takedown, before famously scaling the Octagon fence and ‘frog’ marching around the perimeter. During his post-fight interview, then middleweight champion Michael Bisping, on desk duty with FOX Sports 1 was the target for an infamous call out by Romero. The Cuban also coined his now iconic, “I luh ju, see you soon, boi.” catchphrase that night.

In the main card opener, future bantamweight title chaser, ‘Rocky’ Raquel Pennington picked up a unanimous decision triumph over former division best, Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate. After the bout in her post-fight interview with UFC colour-commentator Joe Rogan, Tate announced her retirement from mixed-martial-arts competition with immediate effect. Tate has since assumed a major role with Asia based promotion, ONE Championship.

In our featured Fox Sports 1 preliminary bout, former lightweight champion, Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar rebounded from his second loss to Jose Aldo, with a unanimous decision display over the heavy-hitting, Jeremy ‘Lil’ Heathen’ Stephens. In more lightweight action, future lightweight best, Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov buried deep in the prelims, dominated Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson before slapping on a third round kimura.

After the bout, Khabib called for a meeting with Conor McGregor, a bout which would finally materialize two years later. Veteran middleweight challenger Tim Boetsch managed a knockout victory over Brazil native Rafael Natal next, while in our preliminary opener, recent welterweight riser, Vicente Luque finished Belal Muhammad with strikes inside the opening two minutes.

In the featured UFC Fight Pass preliminary meeting, veteran lightweight mainstay Jim Miller picked up a unanimous decision victory over former welterweight championship challenger, Thiago ‘Pitbull’ Alves. In the event opener, former bantamweight and flyweight title hopeful Liz Carmouche handed now perennial 125-pound contender Katlyn Chookagian first career blemish.

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Weili Zhang wants Valentina Shevchenko next, if not she’ll go and ‘beat’ Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Weili Zhang has set her eyes on current UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

Zhang is looking to become another champ-champ in the UFC after just winning the strawweight belt back in August. Why she wants to fight Shevchenko is simple. She wants to fight the best and she believes the 125-pound champion is just that. Yet, if that scrap can not come to fruition, she is fine taking on Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

“I definitely want to fight the best of the best, and I think Valentina is the best among the female athletes, so that’s why I want to fight her,” Weili Zhang said backstage at UFC Boston. “For my own division, Rose [Namajunas] is a very good fighter and I respect her a lot. But if the UFC wants me to fight Joanna, no problem. I can definitely beat her.”

Jedrzejczyk is coming off of a decision win over Michelle Waterson at UFC Tampa earlier this month. Yet, Weili Zhang was not impressed by the performance. She says the former champ does not have finishing power anymore.

“Definitely it was a good fight, but you can see Joanna has a lack of finishing power,” she said. “I don’t think Joanna now is the Joanna she used to be when she was champion, so I have a lot of stuff that can finish her.”

No matter who she fights next, Weili Zhang hopes her next fight is in the United States to help grow her superstardom there.

“I wish the next fight could be in the states because I know a lot of fans still don’t know who I am. I want to give them a great fight and let them know who I am. And, prove I’m a great strawweight champion,” Weili Zhang said. “But before that, I hope all my coaches can come to the states and help me to prepare my camp.”

Who do you want to see Weili Zhang fight next? Valentina Shevchenko or Joanna Jedrzejczyk? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/21/2019. 

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Weili Zhang criticises former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk

UFC Strawweight Champion Weili Zhang has ripped into the former queen of the division Joanna Jedrzejczyk ahead of a potential fight between the two.

Zhang (20-1) is coming off the back of a memorable TKO victory over Jessica Andrade at UFC Shenzhen which served as her coronation as the first-ever Chinese champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jedrzejczyk (16-3), on the other hand, was able to bounce back from losing three of her last four by dominating Michelle Waterson in a unanimous decision win at UFC Tampa this past weekend.

While Zhang has commonly been known as a pretty respectful figure in the mixed martial arts world, she’s decided to spice things up a bit by going after Jedrzejczyk as the hype continues to build for a potential showdown between two of the best strawweights ever.

During the interview with TMZ Sports, Weili Zhang had the following to say:

“I don’t think shes the fighter that she used to be. She’s not in the condition she used to be. I’m not very interested.”

There’s every possibility that Zhang is merely building the intrigue surrounding this potential fight, as she’s well aware of the fact that she is the one in a position of power.

If the UFC does decide to make this bout, it’ll be interesting to see where it’s held. Dana White could always just opt to have both women fly out to the States in order to compete on one of the Las Vegas cards, but the real money seems to be in having it go down in either Poland or China.

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UFC rankings update: Joanna Jedrzejczyk gains little ground

Former UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk picked up a big win in the main event of UFC Tampa last Saturday night, battering Michelle Waterson to a unanimous decision triumph. Unfortunately for Jedrzejczyk, this victory did little to elevate her station in the official UFC rankings.

In the latest rankings update, the Polish star climbed just one spot in the strawweight division.

See these new UFC rankings below, featuring Jedrzejczyk and a few other movers, down below (via MMA Mania):

Note:
+/- = movement in rankings
*NR = Not previously ranked

POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Jon Jones
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Henry Cejudo
4. Stipe Miocic
5. (T) Amanda Nunes
5. (T) Daniel Cormier +1
7. Max Holloway
8. Israel Adesanya
9. Tony Ferguson +1
10. Kamaru Usmann -1
11. Valentina Shevchenko
12. Conor McGregor
13. Dustin Poirier
14. Robert Whittaker
15. Tyron Woodley

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: HENRY CEJUDO

1. Joseph Benavidez
2. Jussier Formiga
3. Deiveson Figueiredo
4. Alexandre Pantoja
5. Sergio Pettis
6. Brandon Moreno +1
7. (T) Kai Kara France +2
7. (T) Rogerio Bontorin +1
9. Tim Elliott -3
10. Matt Schnell
11. Jordan Espinosa
12. Alex Perez
13. Askar Askarov
14. Ryan Benoit
15. Mark De La Rosa

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: HENRY CEJUDO

1. Marlon Moraes
2. Aljamain Sterling
3. Cory Sandhagen
4. Petr Yan
5. Raphael Assuncao
6. Pedro Munhoz
7. (T) Dominick Cruz
7. (T) Jimmie Rivera
9. Cody Garbrandt
10. Cody Stamann
11. Rob Font
12. John Dodson
13. Song Yadong
14. Urijah Faber
15. Thomas Almeida

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: MAX HOLLOWAY

1. Alexander Volkanovski
2. Brian Ortega
3. Jose Aldo
4. Frankie Edgar
5. Zabit Magomedsharipov
6. Chan Sung Jung
7. Yair Rodriguez
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Renato Moicano
10. Josh Emmett
11. Calvin Kattar
12. Shane Burgos
13. Mirsad Bektic
14. Ryan Hall
15. Arnold Allen

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

1. Tony Ferguson
2. Dustin Poirier
3. Conor McGregor
4. Justin Gaethje
5. Donald Cerrone
6. Paul Felder
7. Dan Hooker
8. Al Iaquinta
9. Edson Barboza
10. Kevin Lee
11. Gregor Gillespie
12. Anthony Pettis
13. Charles Oliveira
14. Alexander Hernandez
15. Islam Makhachev

Read: Michelle Waterson issues statement on loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

1. Tyron Woodley
2. Colby Covington
3. Jorge Masvidal
4. Leon Edwards
5. Rafael dos Anjos
6. Nate Diaz
7. Santiago Ponzinibbio
8. Stephen Thompson
9. Darren Till
10. Demian Maia
11. Ben Askren
12. Anthony Pettis
13. Robbie Lawler
14. Vicente Luque
15. Gilbert Burns

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Paulo Costa
3. Yoel Romero
4. Kelvin Gastelum
5. Jared Cannonier
6. Jack Hermansson
7. Ronaldo Souza
8. Chris Weidman
9. Derek Brunson
10. Ian Heinisch
11. Uriah Hall
12. Brad Tavares
13. Antonio Carlos Junior
14. Edmen Shahbazyan
15. Omari Akhmedov

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: JON JONES

1. Daniel Cormier
2. Thiago Santos
3. Anthony Smith
4. Dominick Reyes
5. Jan Blachowicz
6. Alexander Gustafsson
7. Corey Anderson
8. Volkan Oezdemir
9. Glover Teixeira
10. (T) Johnny Walker
10. (T) Aleksandar Rakic
12. Ilir Latifi
13. Misha Cirkunov
14. Mauricio Rua +1
15. Nikita Krylov -1

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Daniel Cormier
2. Francis Ngannou
3. Curtis Blaydes
4. Junior dos Santos
5. Derrick Lewis
6. Alistair Overeem +1
7. Alexander Volkov -1
8. Blagoy Ivanov
9. Shamil Abdurakhimov
10. Walt Harris
11. Augusto Sakai
12. Aleksei Oleinik
13. Maurice Greene
14. Sergei Pavlovich
15. Serghei Spivac *NR

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: WEILI ZHANG

1. Jessica Andrade
2. Rose Namajunas
3. Tatiana Suarez
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk +1
5. Nina Ansaroff -1
6. Claudia Gadelha
7. (T) Carla Esparza +1
7. (T) Michelle Waterson
9. Marina Rodriguez
10. Cynthia Calvillo
11. Alexa Grasso
12. Felice Herrig
13. Tecia Torres
14. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
15. Amanda Ribas *NR

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

1. Katlyn Chookagian
2. Jessica Eye
3. Joanne Calderwood
4. Liz Carmouche
5. Jennifer Maia
6. Viviane Araujo
7. Andrea Lee
8. Roxanne Modafferi
9. Lauren Murphy -1
10. Alexis Davis
11. Montana De La Rosa
12. Maycee Barber
13. Mara Romero Borella
14. Antonina Shevchenko
15. Gillian Robertson

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

1. Germaine de Randamie
2. Ketlen Vieira
3. Holly Holm
4. Julianna Pena +1
5. Aspen Ladd -1
6. Raquel Pennington
7. Yana Kunitskaya
8. Irene Aldana
9. Marion Reneau
10. Sara McMann
11. Lina Lansberg
12. Macy Chiasson -1
13. Nicco Montano
14. Sijara Eubanks
15. Bethe Correia

Do you think Joanna Jedrzejczyk should have moved further up the rankings for her win over Michelle Waterson?

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