Joanna Jedrzejczyk has fans waiting to see her make another walk to the Octagon and they could be waiting for a bit longer.
The former UFC women’s strawweight champion made it clear in a recent interview that she wants the fans back, a raise, and title shot before she fights again.
Jedrzejczyk hasn’t competed since losing to Weili Zhang in an epic women’s strawweight title fight at UFC 248.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk Has Some Demands Before Making UFC Return
“There is no sport, any sport, without fans,” Jedrzejczyk said in a recent interview with SCMP MMA via MMA Junkie. “You know how I interact with the people, with fans. I need always extra motivation – (an) extra battery pack, energy pack. Maybe I would (fight without fans), but I don’t want to. I want to put it on hold (and) just wait. I really, truly believe everything is going to be behind (us) soon.”
“I don’t want to hear me like a crazy person, but it’s a business,” Jedrzejczyk said. “There must be money behind it. I put on a hell of a fight last time. I was the co-main event, but I felt like me and Weili were the (real) deal on the show – and with the main event. … We put on a hell of a show, and I deserve more money. I deserve a bigger piece of the cake. I don’t want to complain like the other fighters. There are more than 500 fighters, but I’m a big part of this company.
I’ll talk at the table. I always do that. I’m not complaining. I’m very happy with the UFC as always, but I feel like people love me. With the belt or without the belt, they love me. I just want to keep on doing this for them. I keep hearing this, ‘She’s retired. She’s retired – this, that.’ I’m not retired, I’m just taking my time. I used to fight two or three times a year. No more. I want to take care of myself, my body, my mind.”