The UFC recently announced it’s plans to create a new women’s division, the weight limit of which will be 125lbs.
The announcement has been a long time coming, as the gap between the women’s strawweight(115lbs) and bantamweight(135lbs) divisions is unreasonably cavernous at present. The introduction of the flyweight class will give smaller bantamweights who have long struggled with bigger opponents the opportunity to move down and be competitive, while women who have been subjecting themselves to torturous cuts in order to make strawweight will be able to compete at a more natural weight.
It will also give arguably the best female fighter on the planet the chance to join a very exclusive club.
Reigning UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has spoken in the past about wanting to become a two-weight champion but the undefeated Polish striking sensation doesn’t seem physically equipped to take on the likes of Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko up at bantamweight. Flyweight, however, is where Jedrzejczyk campaigned for her entire pre-UFC career and the 29-year-old is probably more naturally suited to 125lbs than 115lbs.
Speaking to TMZ recently, Jedrzejczyk confirmed her interest in one day fighting for the soon-to-be created title.
“We heard about the new flyweight division, so maybe next year I will face a 125-pounder, and maybe I will fight for the second belt,” said the woman who refers to herself as Joanna Champion(Transcription via BloodyElbow).
Only three fighters in history have claimed UFC titles in two weight classes, Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor.
McGregor is the most recent addition to that list, only accomplishing the feat in November of last year, when he demolished Eddie Alvarez in New York to add the lightweight strap to the featherweight belt that he had ripped from Jose Aldo in equally emphatic fashion the previous December. However, the Irishman’s achievement was a little different to those of Couture and Penn, neither of whom ever held two belts at the simultaneously.
“I want to be like Conor McGregor,” Jedrzejczyk told TMZ. “I like to challenge myself. And definitely Conor sets a good example of hard work and big challenges. I want to reach that as well. I want to be a champion in two different divisions.”
Jedrzejczyk won’t have the opportunity to nab another piece of history by becoming the first UFC champion at 125lbs though, as that accolade will go to the winner of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 26’ which is due to premiere on an as-of-yet unspecified date later this year.