Weili vs Jedrzejczyk rematch set for June 11 in Singapore
Arguably the greatest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history, and one of the greatest fights of all time, is getting a sequel as former UFC strawweight champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili agreed to a rematch.
ESPN, citing UFC chief commercial officer Hunter Campbell, reported on Saturday that Jedrzejczyk and Weili had agreed to take him on June 11 at UFC 275 in Singapore.
Jedrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Weili (21-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) competed in the consensus Fight of the Year 2020 at UFC 248, a grueling five-round battle won by Weili , then champ. retain his title. Weili is no longer champion and Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought in over two years since losing to her.
Weili, 32, is coming off back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas, who took the title from her with a first-round knockout last April at UFC 261. Seven months later, Weili failed in her bid to reclaim the title. belt by losing a split decision to Namajunas at UFC 268.
Since his back-to-back losses to Namajunas, the 34-year-old Jedrzejczyk has alternated wins and losses in his last four bouts. She beat Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson but lost a flyweight title fight to Valentina Shevchenko before recently dropping the split decision to Weili.
Uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and managing outside businesses has kept Jedrzejczyk from playing since March 2020. She recently told MMA Junkie that a rematch with Weili was her “No. 1 interest,” and now she will get it.
Weili and Jedrzejczyk will enter the bout ranked No. 2 and No. 5 respectively in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie strawweight rankings.
A title rematch between champion Namajunas and former champion Carla Esparza is on deck for next month at UFC 274.