After winning UFC Vegas 26, Marina Rodriguez would like to fight the former champion of the straw organization category, Joanna Jędrzejczyk. The Brazilian defeated Michelle Waterson in the last fight and now she would like to fight with the absolute leaders of the division. At the press conference after the last gala, Rodriguez challenged a Polish woman.
I would like to fight a few times this year. I hope to play against someone from the top three of the ranking this time. Yan Xiaonan fights Carla Esparza. If he won it would be a good fight. I’ve fought against Esparza so I’m not excited about this juxtaposition. Maybe one of us will win the championship and then we’ll face it again. Joanna Jędrzejczyk is a rival that I’ve always been waiting for and I think the fans are like that too. If she came back and wants to fight again, I would really like to fight her.
Rodriguez (14-1-2 MMA) defeated the favored Amanda Ribas by knockout in a very good style before beating Michelle Waterson. In previous fights, she won with incl. Tecia Torres or Jessica Aguilar. She also tied with Randa Markos and Cynthia Calvillo. The only defeat in her career was caused by the aforementioned Carla Esparza, who won with the Brazilian by a split decision in July of that year.
33-year-old Jędrzejczyk (16-4 MMA) has not fought in the “Ultimate Fighting Championship” octagon since the spectacular fight with Weili Zhang at UFC 248. According to many specialists, the Polish-Chinese duel was the best show in the history of female MMA. The former straw category champion believes that she is the best player in the division and wants to fight for the championship belt. Currently, the title holder is her former rival, with whom she has lost twice in the past – Rose Namajunas. The American defeated Zhang at UFC 261 via a brutal KO in the first round of the match. In April this year, Jędrzejczyk announced that she was already planning another vacancy in the octagon of the largest MMA organization in the world. However, it is not known who will be the Polish rival. At the moment, it is in the 2nd place in the straw category ranking – it is only ahead of the previously mentioned Namajunas and Zhang. Rodriguez was ranked 6th before her fight at UFC Vegas 26.