Joanna Jedrzejczyk will attempt to make history at UFC 231.
The former UFC women’s strawweight champion will face Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant women’s flyweight title. If she’s victorious, she’ll be the first woman in UFC history to have held two titles in different weight classes. This will be no easy task, however.
She faces “The Bullet,” who has defeated Jedrzejczyk in Muay Thai competition before. Initially, the fight was targeted for UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, Jedrzejczyk was unable to be ready in time for the November 3rd card and was forced to decline.
Instead, the UFC had booked Shevchenko against Sijara Eubanks. However, upon Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier getting canceled, and a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis being booked, that fight was scrapped. Shevchenko vs. Jedrzejczyk was then announced for UFC 231.
As for why Jedrzejczyk couldn’t make the date for Madison Square Garden, here’s what she told “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” (via MMA News):
“I couldn’t do that because it was too soon and I know how tough is Valentina Shevchenko and the other point is there is not an easy way. It’s impossible to step into the Octagon without the proper camp.
“It’s all about the time, so I couldn’t do that because I couldn’t sign the contract. … I believe in myself, I will get this title but I need the time to prepare. That’s the point.
“They told me that they might (give the title shot to Sijara Eubanks), but I didn’t know it was going to happen. I couldn’t believe that, but it happened. Of course I was a little bit confused, I was sad and it was something new for me. But I understand the other side. They had to do this and it happened. It wasn’t fair 100 percent, but they had to do this. It’s a business.”
Chad Mendes could possibly make his UFC return before the end of the year.
Following a two-year suspension handed down by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), “Money” returned to fighting action this past summer. The Team Alpha Male product defeated Myles Jury via first-round thrashing. The former 145-pound title challenger looked as if he never left. With the big win, Mendes will likely be taking on a bigger name next.
Per a report from MMA Brasil, that’s exactly what will happen. Mendes is reportedly in talks for a return at UFC 231 against No. 4-ranked Renato Moicano. Mendes, himself, is currently ranked at the No. 5 spot. This would not only be a big test for Mendes but a career milestone for Moicano.
The 29-year-old has thrived in the UFC’s featherweight division as of late. He’s currently on a two-fight win streak that last saw him submit respected veteran Cub Swanson. His last defeat came against Brian Ortega, who submitted the Brazilian in the third round of their contest back at UFC 214 last year.
To pick up a win over Mendes would be a major selling point in a push for a featherweight title opportunity. UFC 231 goes down live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 8, 2018.
It makes sense to have a potential Moicano vs. Mendes fight on the card, as the main event features Max Holloway defending his 145-pound title against Brian Ortega.
Renato Moicano vs. Chad Mendes is reportedly in the works for UFC 231. The featherweight title picture is heating up again now that Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega has been booked for UFC 231. Holloway will defend his UFC featherweight title and accordin…
Renato Moicano vs. Chad Mendes is reportedly in the works for UFC 231. The featherweight title picture is heating up again now that Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega has been booked for UFC 231. Holloway will defend his UFC featherweight title and according to Ortega, he’ll be stripped of the gold if he can’t compete […]
The UFC doesn’t want to lose out on another featherweight title fight. Brian Ortega claims there’s a backup plan in place.
Current 145-pound champion Max Holloway will defend his strap against Ortega in December. The bout will go down at UFC 231 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 8th on pay-per-view (PPV). Speaking to MMA Junkie recently, “T-City” revealed he has been told a backup fighter has been put on standby for the bout:
“They say they have a replacement,” Ortega said. “They haven’t said the name. I don’t know who it is. I don’t care. If it’s for the real featherweight title, count on me being there.”
Ortega and Holloway were initially set to fight at UFC 226 this past summer. Unfortunately, Holloway was unable to fight as he was pulled for “concussion-like symptoms.” Ortega was offered a replacement opponent. But he wanted to wait for the title shot against Holloway.
Now, he will finally get his chance to test himself against “The Blessed One.” Holloway won the UFC featherweight title in June of last year. He finished 145-pound great Jose Aldo in Brazil for the feat. Six months later, Holloway doubled down by retaining his title against “Scarface” with another knockout win.
Ortega comes into his title opportunity on a hot streak. He is undefeated in his fighting career and has earned all of his victories in the UFC via finish.
Max Holloway is back, and he’s ready to defend his featherweight title. “The Blessed One” will step back into the Octagon this December at UFC 231. He’ll defend his strap against Brian “T-City” Ortega in the pay-per-…
Max Holloway is back, and he’s ready to defend his featherweight title. “The Blessed One” will step back into the Octagon this December at UFC 231. He’ll defend his strap against Brian “T-City” Ortega in the pay-per-view’s (PPV) main event. Initially, the pair were scheduled to fight at UFC 226 this past summer. Unfortunately, the […]
Max Holloway is finally ready to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in the UFC 231 headliner when he finally takes on undefeated featherweight rising star Brian Ortega in a highly anticipated encounter for the featherweight championship. But i…
Max Holloway is finally ready to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in the UFC 231 headliner when he finally takes on undefeated featherweight rising star Brian Ortega in a highly anticipated encounter for the featherweight championship. But it has been a road paved with mystery, depression, and hardship. In an interview with MMAjunkie, […]