Joanna Jedrzejczyk will not be fighting anywhere other than the UFC for the foreseeable future. The former strawweight champion revealed to MMA Fi
Joanna Jedrzejczyk will not be fighting anywhere other than the UFC for the foreseeable future.
The former strawweight champion revealed to MMA Fighting on Thursday that she has signed a new contract. six fights with the UFC as his current contract neared its end.
“It’s a multi-fight deal. I always said that I want to retire from the UFC and of course people would love to see me do this or that afterwards, but I feel like if I retired from MMA, I would retire from the UFC, the best MMA league in the world.
“I don’t want to go anywhere and fight for this bigger money. Money is not everything. I’ve saved enough money for myself, for my kids, probably for my grandkids, but it’s not just about the money. You need to have this pride in you and you need to know what to do and how to prioritize some things. This is what I’m trying to do.”
Jedrzejczyk kicks off that new contract with his upcoming rematch against Zhang Weili, the No. 2 fighter at 115 pounds in the rankings as part of the UFC 275 card that will take place in Singapore on June 11.
After his five-round war with Zhang in March 2020, Jedrzejczyk expressed his desire to stay in the UFC, albeit with a better contract. While she never intended to leave the promotion, Jedrzejczyk was understandably worried about her long-term health compared to the compensation she was receiving in the UFC.
Now those issues have been resolved under the terms of his new contract, that Jedrzejczyk negotiated along with the date of the rematch with Zhang.
“I am happy where I am now. It’s not just the money I can get for the fight, but also some bonuses and some exposure, how can I do some ways to make it work so I can get more connections, more business relationships.”