08 Feb - 
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Champ Rose Namajunas must be 'very clever' to beat Jessica Andrade

MELBOURNE, Australia – Joanna Jedrzejczyk is struggling to call a winner in the next UFC strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade.

Jedrzejczyk (15-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC), the former champion of the weight class, has more than enough perspective on both Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Andrade (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) as fighters. She’s spent more than 50 minutes of octagon time in three total fights against them, and now she’ll watch them face off.

Namajunas is expected to fight Andrade at May’s UFC 237 event in Brazil, and Jedrzejczyk has said there’s a “99 percent” certainty she will fly south to watch the championship contest in person. Especially because she doesn’t know who will win.

“There’s no girl who has beat (Andrade) in her last few fights,” Jedrzejczyk told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a recent media session. “We will see. Someone can look better on paper or in the rankings, but for me it’s always 50/50. It’s going to be a very interesting fight and Rose must be very clever in this fight.”

After recently coming up short in a women’s flyweight title fight, Jedrzejczyk said she plans to return to 115 pounds in hopes of regaining the UFC belt. If Namajunas defends at UFC 237, though, it will make that objective much more challenging.

Jedrzejczyk has already suffered two losses to Namajunas and UFC history shows getting a third fight will prove difficult. On the flip side, though, Jedrzejczyk owns a dominant victory over Andrade from when she was champion, and a rematch under the opposite circumstances could prove intriguing.

Despite that, Jedrzejczyk said she’s not rooting for a specific outcome, even though she admits another fight with Andrade would be of interest.

“It’s not like I want to fight Rose or Jessica more, but Jessica has been doing very good,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I think my fight with Jessica Andrade was one of my best fights ever. It would be great to see her again.”

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