The addition of the women’s flyweight division later this year has Joanna Jedrzejczyk contemplating a chance to make history.
The reigning and defending women’s straw-weight champion has flirted with the idea of moving up to 125 pounds previously but now that the UFC is set to crown the first ever champion in the division, it’s becoming a reality.
While Jedrzejczyk is focused on her title fight this weekend against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, she can’t ignore the possibility of winning a second world title – joining Conor McGregor as the only simultaneous two division champions in UFC history.
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) May 11, 2017
“Maybe next year, I will fight for the second belt. Why not? It’s a big challenge, probably the challenge of my life. We will see,” said Jedrzejczyk.
Jedrzejczyk expects to face the same hurdles as McGregor did, when he began serious pursuit of a second world title while already holding a belt in a different division.
But she believes that nothing would taste sweeter than becoming the first woman in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time.
“I remember when I was talking about this division a year ago people were like ‘focus on your belt’,” she said.
Honestly starting to think Jedrzejczyk vs Andrade has the potential to be one of the best women's MMA fights ever. Both aggressive fighters.
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) May 12, 2017
“I’m going for my fifth title defence. That’s the thing, why not? I have bigger, bigger goals and dreams.
“People were saying the same to Conor [McGregor] when he was saying he wants to be a king in two different divisions. Same with me. I just want to challenge myself and this is what I’m doing in my life.”
McGregor promised that he would defend both titles, but he never got the chance after the UFC stripped him of the featherweight belt less than a month after becoming a two division champion.
However, Jedrzejczyk believes she could stay busy and active enough to defend both titles if she’s fortunate enough to win a championship at 125 pounds.
“If I became a champion [at] 125, I will be jump between 115 and 125,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I want to be the real champion of two different divisions.”