Former undisputed UFC strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk has made a promise that she will make an Octagon return in the near future, following her removal from the promotion’s official rankings on Monday morning due to inactivity.
Jedrzejczyk, 34, was officially removed from both the official strawweight and pound-for-pound rankings yesterday morning due to inactivity, with the Olsztyn native sat at the #2 spot in the strawweight pile at the time of her removal.
The Muay Thai ace last competed professionally at UFC 248 in March of last year, co-headlining alongside then strawweight champion, Zhang Weili in a championship fight.
Jedrzejczyk suffered her second defeat in three Octagon outings via a close, razor-thin split decision loss to the Hebei native over the course of five rounds in arguably the greatest strawweight title fight in the organization’s history as well as a conensus Fight of the Year last annum.
Taking to her official Instagram account in a pair of stories addressing her removal from the rankings yesterday, Jedrzejczyk appeared to remain unmoved with the promotion’s decision, as well as promising to make a return to the sport in the near future.
“@mickmaynard2 This one was specially (especially) for you this morning,” Jedrzejczyk said on her story. “Be prepared for strong (real hard) negotiations (kissing face emoji). Love ya, Mick. Out of ranking till my big comeback (kiss emoji).“
“Guys! Please (praying hands emoji) do not care about the rankings,” Jedrzejczyk wrote. “Rankings don’t compete. I’ll be back soon… promise. What’s meant to be will always find it’s way. Always love y’all (love heart emoji).“
UFC president, Dana White confirmed recently that whilst the former champion was keen to challenge for strawweight spoils immediately upon her return to the organization, she would likely need to challenge a fellow contender first before scoring a title shot.
The American Top Team native has reportedly been earmarked for a March return to active competition following her lengthy hiatus, having previously noted her willingness to meet with inaugural UFC and Invicta FC strawweight champion, former-foe, Carla Esparza in a title-eliminator rematch.
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