Former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has lost twice to current titleholder Rose Namajunas. The two losses are the only blemishes on the Polish fighter’s record. Typically when a fighter has two losses to the champion, getting back to a title fight is a long road.
Jedrzejczyk, however, believes the path back to the belt is short for her.
She believes that she did enough to defeat Namajunas in their UFC 223 title bout, but the judges unanimously scored it for Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk wants to move past the back-to-back losses and focus on getting the belt back around her waist.
“The judges said that I lost and I’m good with that. I’m looking forward and I know that I will get this belt back very soon. It was very close,” she said during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Rose is the champ and I’m happy for her. I’m looking forward and I’m very happy to be back in the Octagon very soon.”
Jedrzejczyk last fought on April 7 and her next fight is booked for July 28 against top-five ranked Tecia Torres. She believes a win over Torres will put her right back in line for a title shot.
“I like to plan everything, so I have a big plan to get this belt back at the end of the year,” she said.
“I’m very happy that I got the fight with Tecia Torres. The good thing is that she fought Jessica Andrade in her last fight. She lost that fight, but for 99.9-percent of people Jessica Andrade is going to be challenger for Rose Namajunas, so I’m very happy to face Tecia Torres and get the title shot after this fight. That’s the plan.”
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Jedrzejczyk hasn’t been specifically told by UFC matchmakers that she’ll receive a title shot if she’s victorious at UFC on FOX 30 against “The Tiny Tornado,” but she’s confident that she’ll be fighting for the title later this year.
“I believe that I’m going to get the title shot after this fight. We’ll see what’s going to happen,” she said. “I want this belt and I will get this belt back. Mark my words.”