5 Reasons A Rematch Between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk Makes Sense
1. JJ was the most dominant female fighter heading into UFC 217
Heading into their first fight, Joanna was not only the strawweight champion, but considered one of the pound-for-pound greats. In fact, had she been victorious at UFC 217, she would have tied Ronda Rousey’s record for the most consecutive title defenses. Like Rousey, she was an undefeated world champion who hadn’t so much as suffered a loss inside of the Octagon. Cases like this usually result in the fallen champ receiving an immediate rematch, like George St. Pierre or Anderson Silva.
2. All of the Top Contenders Have Other Fights Booked
Although the strawweight division is arguably one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC, those ranked in the top 5 are currently either already booked for another fight (Andrade, Kowalkiewicz and Torres) or coming off of a loss (Gadelha), or Jedrzejczyk herself. Since the other contenders are otherwise occupied, that makes this matchup the one to make.
3. This Is A Chance For Rose To Prove This Wasn’t A Fluke
The first fight between Rose and Joanna ended in the first round, in very dominant fashion by Namajunas. However, many have still doubted the skill, talent, and power of Rose, including Jedrzejczyk herself, who has cited a bad weight cut as the reason for her defeat. Any champion must be perceived by fans as the best there is, making this rematch crucial for Rose to silence any doubters or questions about the circumstances of their first meeting at UFC 217.
4. The Fans Have Demanded It
Speaking of the fans, this is clearly the matchup for Rose’s first title defense that has been on everyone’s mind. Especially since the first fight ended so quickly, running this one back for a second time gives a lot of room for a different outcome. Since this is the co-main event for what is surely going to be one of the biggest fight cards of the year at UFC 223, it’s definitely being entrusted to secure a solid fan base at Barclays and on pay-per-view.
5. These Are The Two Best Strawweight Contenders In The World
It’s hard to argue with the stats: Namajunas is obviously the champ and Jedrzejczyk is ranked #1, and nothing has happened in the division to change that since their first fight in November 2017. What that says? These are the best 2 contenders to square off.
Not only are numbers on their side, but so far their legacies and accomplishments. Rose is the only fighter to ever beat Joanna. Joanna was the undefeated badass that was about to tie Ronda Rousey’s title defense record. There’s no arguing these 2 are the greatest to ever do it at strawweight. So let’s see them fight!