It may be a while before we see the Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha rematch, but only because it appears they are likely to coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 23 before they set foot in the Octagon again.
During a recent fan question and answer session in Poland, according to Polish MMA outlet MMARocks.pl, the champ, Jedrzejczyk, said there was a 99-percent chance that she would be coaching on the venerable reality series when filming begins in January in Las Vegas.
Another Polish MMA outlet, MMAnia.pl, cited highly regarded strawweight contender, Tecia Torres, said during another Q&A session that she heard “Claudia [Gadelha] and Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] are probably the coaches.”
The tryouts for season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter was open to 205-pound men and 115- and 135-pound women. The show will begin filming in January for an April debut on FOX Sports 1 in the United States.
Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha last fought in December of 2014, when Jedrzejczyk won a split decision. Neither held a title at the time. Jedrzejczyk won the belt in her next fight and has since defended it twice, while Gadelha rebounded with a victory over Jessica Aguilar.
Now, when they rematch, Jedrzejczyk will put her belt on the line against Gadelha, who is currently the UFC’s No. 1 strawweight contender.