Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson to headline UFC event in Tampa


Poland's Joanna Jedrzejczyk runs around the Octagon before a 2018 women's strawweight title bout against Rose Namajunas at UFC 223 in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Two of the UFC’s most popular diminutive fighters are set to lock horns as Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson is scheduled to headline an upcoming UFC Fight Night event at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

The event, which was originally believed to take place at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., will take place on Oct. 12, the UFC announced Friday.

Both women are looking to remain in the title conversation in the UFC’s women’s strawweight division.

Jedrzejczyk (15-3) is a former strawweight champion who returns to the 115-pound weight class after losing her debut in the UFC’s 125-pound division via unanimous decision this past December against reigning flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. Overall, the Polish star has lost three of her last four fights, including back-to-back defeats to Rose Namajunas.

Jessica Andrade is the current strawweight champ after finishing Namajunas in May. Andrade is slated to defend her title against China’s Weili Zhang later this month. Jedrzejczyk, back when she was champ, defeated Andrade in 2017 so an impressive win over Waterson could be enough for Jedrzejczyk to get another crack at winning back the title she successfully defended five times.

Meanwhile, Waterson (17-6) is riding a three-fight winning streak thanks to decisions over Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig and most recently Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Jedrzejczyk and Waterson are currently the No. 4- and No. 7-ranked contenders, respectively, in the strawweight division.

The UFC also announced Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Ribas and Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Timothy Elliott have been added to the Tampa card.

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