Joanna Jedrzejczyk Could Make History at UFC 231, But No One Is Talking About It • MMA News
By means of 25 years of UFC historical past, there have solely been 5 fighters to have held championship titles in two weight courses, 5 legends. All 5 of them are among the many best fighters in MMA historical past. Randy Couture was the heavyweight and light-weight heavyweight champion. BJ Penn held the welterweight and light-weight titles. Conor McGregor received the featherweight and light-weight titles. Georges St-Pierre held titles at welterweight and middleweight. And proper now, Daniel Cormier is the heavyweight and light-weight heavyweight champion. Contemplating there have been hundreds of fighters who’ve stepped foot contained in the Octagon, the very fact these 5 males have held titles in two separate weight courses actually reveals how particular an accomplishment it’s.
Whereas 5 males have had the chance to win two titles within the UFC, we haven’t but seen a feminine fighter do the identical factor. But this month there are two probabilities for that to occur. The UFC introduced just a few months in the past that girls’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg would combat ladies’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 232. We thought when that combat was introduced that it will be Nunes who can be the primary feminine fighter to have an opportunity to be a double champ within the UFC. But when the promotion wanted a co-main occasion for UFC 231, one other fighter jumped in entrance of the road to get the primary crack at being the primary lady to win two UFC belts. That’s none aside from Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the previous long-time ladies’s strawweight champion who takes on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title within the co-main occasion of UFC 231.
Jedrzejczyk has an incredible alternative to place her identify within the historical past books this weekend, however for no matter motive nobody is speaking about it. There are just a few the reason why I feel that’s the case. Before everything, there aren’t many individuals who anticipate Jedrzejczyk to beat Shevchenko, and the betting odds have her as a substantial underdog to win the flyweight title. The very fact Shevchenko beat Jedrzejczyk 3 times beforehand in Muay Thai and the very fact she’s the larger fighter make it appear to be a long-shot for an upset to occur. But that is MMA, and we see upsets occur on a regular basis. There weren’t many individuals who have been selecting Cormier to beat Stipe Miocic again at UFC 226, however he went in there and knocked him out. Sure, it is a powerful stylistic matchup for Jedrzejczyk as Shevchenko ought to match her within the hanging and have the higher grappling, but it surely’s not out of the realm of risk Jedrzejczyk wins. Think about she does it? She’ll be again on prime of the world once more. Despite the fact that I feel Shevchenko wins this combat, I’m nonetheless curious to see the way it performs out.
What I feel is a much bigger downside is the UFC doing so many playing cards and which means tales like Jedrzejczyk turning into a double champion fly underneath the radar. Simply final week we had two UFC playing cards that featured numerous highlight-reel finishes and superb performances. But with 25 fights final weekend after which one other 13 this weekend, you’ll be able to see why some fights will fly underneath the radar. For no matter motive, this combat between Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk goes unnoticed. Which will change as we get nearer to combat day, but it surely positive looks as if this combat has taken a again burner. It’s not like the principle occasion between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega is taking all of the shine away, both. That’s an incredible combat, however even that matchup is flying underneath the radar.
This combat between Jedrzejczyk and Shevchenko isn’t getting the eye it deserves, but it surely’s a really intriguing matchup between two of one of the best feminine MMA fighters of all time. If we put a belt round every of their waists we might name this a superfight, and even with out them being champions it nonetheless is in some ways. Shevchenko is the favourite to win this combat and all of the strain is on her to take action. But don’t depend out Jedrzejczyk, as a result of the prospect of creating historical past is little doubt going to encourage her to no finish, even when the world doesn’t discover it’s occurring.