Former UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will return to the Octagon next month, two years after being disfigured in her last fight.
Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought in the UFC since a brutal battle with Weili Zhang in March 2020. Labeled by some as the greatest female MMA fighter of all time, Zhang emerged victorious on a narrow points verdict.
But the contest took its toll on Jedrzejczyk, who remained unrecognizable at the final bell. Her forehead immediately swelled to more than double its normal size, making her look disfigured from the brutal punishment she suffered inside the Octagon.
When the swelling finally subsided, her face was left covered in bruises. It took just 18 days for her face to return to normal – and now she’s planning a return to the UFC after putting pen to paper on a new six-fight deal with the organization.
The former strawweight champion will enter the final chapter of her MMA career against a familiar opponent, with Zhang high on her UFC 275 schedule on June 11.
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She said mma fight“It’s a multi-fight contract. I always said I wanted to retire from the UFC, and of course people would like to see me do this or that after, but I feel like if I was retiring from MMA, I was retiring from the UFC, the best MMA league in the world.
“I don’t want to go somewhere and fight for that bigger money. Money isn’t everything. I’ve saved enough money for myself, for my kids, for my grandkids probably, but this is not only a question of money.
“You have to have that pride in you and you have to know what to do and how to prioritize certain things. That’s what I try to do.
“I’m happy where I am right now,” added Jedrzejczyk. “It’s not just the money I can get for the fight but also bonuses and some exposure, how can I find ways to make it work so can get more connections, more business connections .
“That’s how I look at it. Every sponsorship deal I sign, I don’t just look at the numbers. “I look at the exposure – how much money they want to invest, if they want to put my face , my body, if it’s going to be billboards, television, media exposure.
“I’m still calculating and seeing these things. It’s not just about zeros, it’s about the investment on the other side. I’m very happy where I am right now.”
Jedrzejczyk is considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, and fans are already looking forward to seeing her back in the Octagon against Zhang next month.