Former Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is confident she will have her title back by the end of the year.
Jedrzejczyk is coming off two losses in a row to current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. However, the former queen is looking to bounce back and has accepted a quick turnaround fight with Tecia Torres on July 28 at UFC on Fox 30.
Jedrzejczyk was a recent guest on “The MMA Hour” and told host Ariel Helwani that a win over Torres puts her in a good position for another shot at the title.
“I am very happy to fight Tecia. The good thing is she fought Jessica Andrade in her last fight, she lost that fight. But Andrade is going to be the challenger for Rose Namajunas. So I am very happy to face Tecia Torres and get the title shot after this fight.
“That’s the plan. I know more than you guys and I am very happy to have this fight. Tecia Torres is a real warrior so I am very happy to face her. She was training at American Top Team for a long time, she left a year ago. I think it’s good and it will be a very interesting fight.”
Helwani then asked Jedrzejczyk if she had discussions with UFC matchmakers regarding her No. 1 contender status should she beat Torres in July.
“I believe I am going to get (a) title shot after this fight. But I said I could have a lot of fights before I get title shot, I went through this in 2014 and 2015. I want this belt and I will get it back, mark my words.”
UFC Fight Night Calgary takes place July 28 from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.