TUF 26 winner Nicco Montano was stripped of the UFC women’s flyweight title due to her inability to defend it at UFC 228 against Valentina Shevchenko. The 29-year-old fighter was forced out of the fight because of complications due to a bad weight cut.
Another fighter who had gone through something similar is Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who had to lose 15 pounds in 14 hours to make weight for her title defense against Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 last November. She made the 115 pound-mark and the title fight on, but ended up losing the belt via first-round stoppage.
In relation to Montano’s case, Jedrzejczyk is in full agreement of the UFC’s decision to take the women’s 125-pound title away.
“I think it was fair,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie during a backstage scrum on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 136. “For me, it’s a shame. Us as fighters, athletes and champions to not be on weight. We need real and dedicated fighters and champions in the UFC.”
“The UFC is the best organization in the world. There’s no space and time for bullsh-t like this. It was a very hard decision, very tough decision. I believe that you must take this job very serious. You must be 100 percent in. Weight cuts are not easy, are not nice. But you must be on weight when you have to be.”
Jedrzejczyk has been open to the possibility of moving up to flyweight even before she dropped her title to Namajunas last year. These plans have been somewhat solidified further now that the title is vacant and the possibility of reigniting an old rivalry has presented itself.
“I’ve got an offer, but we’ll see. I’m very open to fight Valentina Shevchenko,” she said. “You always want to fight the best fighters, and definitely she is one of the top female fighters in the world.”
Jedrzejczyk and Shevchenko have fought each other thrice in the past in Muay Thai, with the latter winning all three via decision.