Dana White: Zhang Weili-Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch will serve as title eliminator
It looks like the winner of the Zhang Weili-Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch will be the next No. 1 contender in the UFC strawweight division.
UFC President Dana White says in an interview with MMA Underground that the winner of the UFC 275 fight will receive a title shot against recently crowned champion Carla Esparza.
“It would definitely be whoever wins would definitely fight Esparza for the title,” White said.
Zhang and Jedrzejczyk originally faced off at UFC 248 in March 2020. Zhang retained the 115-pound belt in a memorable split-decision triumph that was selected as “Fight of the Year” by Sherdog.com. Zhang would go on to lose the belt in a first-round knockout loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 before delivering a split verdict to Namajunas in a rematch at UFC 268. Jedrzejczyk, who defended le bel five times before handing it over to Namajunas in 2017, hasn’t fought since the loss to Zhang.
Esparza clinched the title with a forgettable split decision win over Namajunas in the UFC 274 headliner. “Cookie Monster” saw her first championship reign come to an end at the hands of Jedrzejczyk, but she didn’t faced Zhang again in the Octagon.
“I’m sure she’ll be watching this Saturday closely and be ready to roll with whoever wins,” White said of Esparza.
UFC 275 takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on Saturday and goes down to Saturday with a light heavyweight title clash between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko will defend her flyweight strap against Taila Santos. Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk 2 is expected to precede both title fights in the pay-per-view.