Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas Targeted for UFC 217 at MSG
With the addition of Michael Bisping vs. Georges St. Pierre to UFC 217, there has been much speculation as to what other championship bouts may accompany the middleweight title fight in “the Big Apple”. MMA Today has learned that a second title fight is in the works for the November card in New York City. Sources close to the fighters camps have confirmed to MMA Today that Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0, 8-0 UFC) is being targeted to defend her title for the sixth time against Rose Namajunas (6-3, 4-2 UFC) at Madison Square Garden on November 4th.
The Polish striker affectionately referred to as “Joanna Champion” by her fans is undefeated and has looked nearly invincible at times in her career. She most retained her belt at UFC 211 defeating Jessica Andrade by unanimous decision. The bout against Namajunas would be her second title defense of 2017.
This would be “Thug” Rose’s second shot at the title, as she took on Carla Esparza for the vacant inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 20. Esparza won by submission in the 3rd round, but since that bout, “Thug Rose” has gone 4-1 in her last five bouts. Her one loss during that time was a close split decision to former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201.
UFC 217 takes place November 4th at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The main card will air live on PPV, and is expected to be one of the UFC’s most stacked cards of the year. The card does not have a definitive headline bout at this time. Make sure to stay tuned to MMA Today for all of the latest news, rumors and updates concerning the UFC 217 in New York City.