Could Joanna Jedrzejcyk be following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor?
While the Polish UFC champion hasn’t been able to match McGregor’s popularity outside of the cage, she’s certainly managed to dominate the women’s strawweight division over her five defenses as champion. With a new women’s flyweight title about to debut at the end of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, many are wondering whether she’ll move up and lay claim to that belt as well.
There’s been plenty of signs that Joanna wants to move up because of the stress making strawweight puts on her body, and now she’s adding fuel to that fire with this Instagram post:
“Who wants to see me a two division champion?” she asks.
First she’ll have to defeat Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 on November 4th. And then she’d have to convince the UFC to let her move up and challenge for the belt, something they’ve only ever allowed Conor McGregor to do. Jedrzejczyk already beat the brakes off the last TUF winner that was given a belt. They may want to let the new division breath for a bit before allowing her to (probably) run roughshod over it.
That being said, Joanna is in a similar situation to Demetrious Johnson. She’s on the verge of having cleaned out her division, which is usually when moving up appeals to the UFC more. And with the UFC undoubtedly ready to release her strawweight title back into the wild if she’s successful at winning the flyweight belt, it could make things very interesting for two divisions.