The UFC could be on the brink of witnessing another historical championship achievement inside the Octagon, but this time it will be a female basking in all the glory.
In the history of the UFC, only one fighter has ever held two titles in different weight classes consecutively, and that came in the main event of UFC 205 this past November when then-featherweight champion Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to capture the 155-pound throne. McGregor became the third-ever fighter to have won a title in different weight classes, alongside BJ Penn and Randy Couture, but the only man to hold them at the same time.
Now current UFC women's strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk could have that same opportunity, as the 115-pound queen is looking at one day jumping up the the promotion's newly assembled 125-pound division.
Jedrzejczyk is coming off her fifth consecutive title defense when she took home a unanimous decision win over Jessica Andrade this past May. Before she even thinks about jumping up to 125 pounds, however, she is eyeing former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's title defense record.
Rousey defended her title six times before losing her title to Holly Holm in 2015, a record Jedrzejczyk says she wants to tie and then beat before she decided to move up to flyweight (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I have a very good relationship with Valentina Shevchenko,” Jedrzejczyk told Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.
“I don’t want to say I want to fight her, but we will see. I was talking a lot about the 125 division, but it was before I was working with Perfecting Athletes.
“Now I feel great. I feel healthy. I make my weight very easy, but who knows? This year I want to be focused on my strawweight belt, tie Ronda Rousey’s record of six title defenses and in March I want to fight one more time in the strawweight division and after that we will see.
“I may go up to the 125 division. It’s all about the right time and the right decision, so we will see.”
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