UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk feels she 'deserves' more money from championship

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is eager to step back into the octagon but there is one thing hindering her UFC return.

The former strawweight champion has been out of action for more than 19 months and has been removed from the championship rankings due to inactivity. 

But the Polish fighter admitted she understood the decision to take her out of the rankings – in fact there's another issue at hand she feels should be addressed.

Jedrzejczyk admitted she wants to be paid more money by UFC and feels she "deserves a bigger piece of the cake."

Appearing on The MMA Hour, the 34-year-old 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."

Jedrzejczyk is one of the championship's biggest stars. The Pole boasts an impressive 16-4 MMA win record and 30-3 in kickboxing. 

She also has a history of Muay Thai fighting and won 37 of her 40 matches. 

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Jedrzejczyk has often been likened to UFC and WWE icon Ronda Rousey, who has made history on numerous occasions inside a ring. However, the fighter formerly known as Joanna Champion asked not to be compared to Rowdy during an interview in 2017.

"Please don’t compare me to Ronda Rousey," she said during UFC 217's post-fight conference. "I love her so much, and we have very good relationship, but please let’s leave this bullsh*t away."

It isn't just fans and the media who have expressed admiration towards Jedrzejczyk over the years either. 

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When she defended her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, her performance caught the eye of Conor McGregor.

The Notorious took to Twitter to congratulate Jedrzejczyk, branding her as "one ferocious female fighter" in a post that received more than 23,000 likes.

"Lethal with every limb, and from every angle. A truly amazing fighter," he wrote.

Indeed, the promise of the return of such a well-established fighter will be excellent news for UFC and its fans, but it seems the championship will need to jump through some hoops before Jedrzejczyk pulls her gloves back on.

"I will discuss this at the table with Dana, with the matchmakers," the Pole said. "I feel good. I want to be back to the UFC octagon soon."

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