Joanna Jedzezjczyk narrowly missed out on reclaiming the strawweight title in an instant classic fight with Zhang Weili earlier this year, and despite suffering some brutal damage during the five round war she’s now ready to do it all over again.
“I’m very happy that I could give people what they always want,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Junkie. “I put so much work in camp for so many weeks and I put on a hell of a fight. I’m very happy. It was probably one of the best fights in my fighting career, but I’m proud of every fight. … It was a war. I know people want this fight, and I need to rewatch it because I haven’t watched it.”
Interestingly, Jedrzejczyk says she only had a change in heart only very recently with regards to whether she wanted to fight again at all for the next year.
“A few days, a few weeks ago, I was like, ‘I’m not fighting for the next 12 months.’ But a few days ago, I texted Dana (White) that I wanted to fight. That’s the thing. You never know when you’re going to wake up and say, ‘OK, I’m leaving. I’m going back to the States and start my camp. Sign the agreement.’
“The UFC – we need big fights, and my fight with Weili Zhang is going to be big. So they need this big-money fight. We’ll see. I don’t know.”
However, Jedrzejczyk stresses that the price would have to be right for her to go into battle with the dominant Chinese champion again.
“Big money – that’s it. That’s what I want. I don’t need to make more money, but it’s a money fight, and I want a pice of this cake. This fight is a big fight. We were not the main event, (but) we put on a hell of a fight. People love watching … only big things, only big things.”