TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 12: Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland stands in her corner prior to her women’s … [+]
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Two title fights sit atop Saturday’s UFC 248 pay-per-view event. In the headliner, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya puts his 185-pound title on the line for the first time when he matches up against No. 3 ranked contender Yoel Romero. In the evening’s co-main event contest, women’s strawweight titleholder, Weili Zhang, makes her first defense of the 115-pound title when she faces the No. 4 ranked contender, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk, who is a former UFC 115-pound champion, defended that title five times.
Jedrzejczyk captured the strawweight title in her third UFC fight with a second-round knockout win over Carla Esparza. Over the next two years, Jedrzejczyk defended the title five times. By the time she put her belt on the line against Rose Namajunas, Jedrzejczyk had a record of 14-0. Namajunas took the title from Jedrzejczyk via first-round knockout. Today, Jedrzejczyk is 16-3. Her other two losses came in a rematch with Namajunas and a flyweight title fight against Valentina Shevchenko.
“Since I lost the belt, I became even more obsessed than when I was champion,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Fighting ahead of Saturday. “With the belt, physically having the belt or not, you can act like the champ. You can be the champ. I made it to the elite. Not once but six times. I miss it.”
“I’m going to say it again, I’ve been in this business 17 years,” Jedrzejczyk added. “Multiple time Muay Thai and European champion, six time UFC world champion and this one victory on March 7 is going to be bigger than my whole fighting career, all the titles, everything, all the accomplishments. It’s going to be bigger. I’m looking forward to stepping into the Octagon in the best shape ever and taking it.”
UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view, following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
Below are the historical closing odds for Jedrzejczyk’s UFC bouts.