Rumors swirl about a possible Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Michelle Waterson showdown

Rumors swirl about a possible Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Michelle Waterson showdown

The rumor mill is always spinning in mixed martial arts as it pertains to upcoming fights, and this time the mill is planted in the UFC women’s strawweight division. There have been rumblings on twitter, as well as a few news sites, that a potential title fight between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson is set to be announced.

Waterson is currently ranked #7 in the division, having just polished off Paige VanZant without breaking a sweat back in December. Joanna on the other hand, had a 5-round battle with Karolina Kowaliewicz at UFC 205 that saw the champ take some damage.

While the rumors at this time are just that, rumors, it is interesting to note that both Joanna and the “Karate Hottie” will be on hand tonight at UFC on FOX from Denver, Colorado. It should also be noted that Waterson could just be in attendance to support teammate Donald Cerrone.

Rumors swirl about a possible Joanna Jedrzejczyk - Michelle Waterson showdownPolish MMA news site MMARocks.pl, cited a recent interview where Joanna mentioned that there may be an announcement of her next fight coming “next week”. That, combined with both women being present in Denver on the network that many viewers became instant fans of Waterson, seems to give a lot of weight to the speculation.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Waterson herself said that she feels she’s ready for a title shot. While this is a fight that no doubt everyone wants to see, it would be a bit surprising if the UFC didn’t give Waterson at least one more fight to increase her star meter a bit more before a showdown with Joanna.

Some of the early chatter is that the UFC could be eyeing UFC 211 in Dallas and a co-main event slot for the bout. UFC 211 isn’t until May, so January seems a bit early to be making a huge televised announcement for that card.

Rumors swirl about a possible Joanna Jedrzejczyk - Michelle Waterson showdownThere has also reportedly been talk of this fight headlining the March 18th UFC Fight Night from London, which currently does not have a main event set. It makes sense in that it’s in Europe where Joanna no doubt has a huge following; but as it stands now that card is slated for UFC Fight Pass, and it would seem a bit strange for Waterson to have a huge coming out party on FOX, only to follow it up with a UFC Fight Pass card.

Unless of course that card is being taken off of Fight Pass to be aired elsewhere. But that would just be speculation on top of speculation and we think one rumor is enough.

So it will be interesting to see what, if anything, goes down tonight with these two in attendance in Denver, and a rumored announcement of a Joanna title defense coming up.

UFC on FOX from Denver airs tonight on FOX at 8pm EST.