Joanna Jedrzejcyzk wins big at UFC Tampa, calls out Zhang Weili

Joanna Jedrzejcyzk called out Zhang Weili next. Photo: Zuffa / Getty Images.

Joanna Jedrzejcyzk predicted a statement win and that’s exactly what she got.

In the main event of UFC Tampa, the former strawweight champ picked apart Michelle Waterson to earn a dominant decision victory.

She also had another statement prepared for current strawweight champ, Zhang Weili.

“Let’s go baby, let’s fight for the belt,” she said in a post-fight interview. “Who is the real queen? Bow down, I’m the real queen.”

The longest reigning strawweight champion in UFC history, Jedrzejczyk looked better than ever as she earned a five-round unanimous decision win.

Both Jedrzejcyzk and Waterson traded early and traded hard, landing kicks and some impressive strikes in the clinch.

At times, Waterson looked to rebound with her grappling, and looked dangerious as she tool Jedrzejczyk’s back. Every time, the former champ broke loose, but both women continued to push.

As the rounds progressed Jedrzejczyk didn’t stray too far from the plan, as she peppered Waterson with punches, elbows and kicks over several rounds.

Following the win, Jedrzejczyk wasted no time turning her attention to reigning strawweight champion Weili Zhang.

“The future is very clear, I’m going for the strawweight belt,” she said.

“I want to get ready as soon as possible. I feel great. I’m very happy that I’m back on the winning track. I can not wait to step back into the Octagon and face the champion.”

The co-main event of the evening earned both Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie a Fight of the Night performance bonus for what will likely go down in the books as one of the greats.

Over three rounds Swanson and Gracie went to war, with neither man willing to give an inch, let alone any room for errors.

In the end it was the veteran who pushed through, earning a unanimous decision from all three judges. With the win Swanson improved his record to 26-11, while Gracie (5-1) tasted defeat for the first time.


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