Joanna Jedrzejczyk Says She Deserves Better Pay And Big Fights

UFC Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Image courtesy of Getty Images/Zuffa

Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has reiterated that she deserves bigger paychecks and fights after all she’s achieved inside the Octagon.

Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought since UFC 248 in March 2020, when she lost to Zhang Weili in a razor close split decision. She was recently removed from the strawweight rankings due to inactivity.

The Pole won the strawweight title in 2015 by beating Carla Esparza, before making five successful title defences. She lost her title to Rose Namajunas, who finished her in the first round of their UFC 217 title fight. ‘Thug’ Rose went on to win the rematch at UFC 223 as well. Jedrzejczyk then won two in a row at 115lbs, against Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson, before losing to Zhang.

Bigger Piece Of The Pie

Speaking to MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour, Jedrzejczyk said that she deserves a bigger piece of the pie.

“I feel like I deserve a bigger piece of the cake,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I don’t see myself fighting out of the UFC but there are people who are interested in having me, putting big money on the table. It’s big. I’m a UFC soldier. I feel like I sell the pay-per-views but I don’t get any points anymore. But I’m not complaining. I’m not the champ anymore but I feel like I deserve a little bit more. I will discuss this at the table with Dana, with the matchmakers, I feel good. I want to be back to the UFC Octagon soon.”

No ‘Stupid Fights’

Jedrzejczyk also said that she wants her comeback fight to either be for the title or the number one contender’s spot.

“There are so many fights but stupid fights,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But I’m waiting for Rose and Weili. The winner or I can take even the second place. I just want to put on big fights. Dana [White] knows. Dana is a businessman but Mick [Maynard], he has a different job and he has to make his own money. I bet he makes money out of making fights. But we have a different agreement with Dana and Dana always backs it up.”

Do you agree with Joanna Jedrzejczyk?

See also: