The foot on the pedal and the violence
UFC women’s strawweight Joanna Jędrzejczyk is expecting a quick and violent affair when she shares the Octagon with Zhang Weili for the second time.
In March 2020, Jędrzejczyk and Zhang collided for 115-pound gold, fighting a five-round war worthy of a spot on Mount Rushmore of mixed martial arts bouts. After 25 minutes of brutal and memorable action, it was the Chinese strawweight who emerged with the title still in his possession.
Now, over two years later, the pair are ready to fire him at UFC 275 tonight. Although there is no belt on the line this time around, it seems the consensus is that the winner will go on to challenge new champion Carla Esparza.
Prior to the rematch, much of the discussion focused on how long the fight would last. While their Fight of the Year clash in 2020 saw five rounds of action, their second dance in Singapore will be three rounds long.
With her pleas to add 10 minutes to the contest falling on deaf ears, Jędrzejczyk is set for her first 15-minute fight since a 2018 win over Tecia Torres.
What does this mean for the Polish star? It must be more violent and faster.
During an interview with MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn, Jędrzejczyk discussed her game plan ahead of what will be a rare short night at the office for the 34-year-old.
“We have to (be fast), like in racing. I just have to press the accelerator pedal and be the first, violent, but smart, from the first second of the fight,” Jędrzejczyk said. “There is no time to lose in this fight. We have to play my game from the first second of the fight.
Having ventured into the world of motor racing during her long time away from the Octagon, something she hopes to pursue professionally after her MMA career, Jędrzejczyk knows all about speed.
And with a dance partner who we know is ready for a quick fight, perhaps the pair’s rematch will help tie their first contest, or at least provide a worthy second performance. We’ll find out tonight at UFC 275.
Who do you think will have their hands up at UFC 275, Joanna Jędrzejczyk or Zhang Weili?