- Joanna Jedrzejczyk revealed that she had just signed a new deal with the UFC
- The former champion makes a shocking confession about how she does business
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is one of the most famous UFC stalwarts and she doesn’t want to change one bit of it. Ahead of her highly-anticipated rematch with Zhang Weili at UFC 275, Jedrzejczyk officially sealed her future with the UFC by singing a fresh set of terms with the company.
Not going anywhere
The former women’s strawweight champion did not divulge the exact details of her new deal with the UFC but revealed that it’s a six-fight contract.
Jedrzejczyk also didn’t provide the amount of her new deal but she pointed out that she made the decision not only because of money.
“It’s a multiple-fight deal,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Fighting. “I always said that I want to retire in the UFC, and of course people would love to see me doing this or that after, but I feel like if I retired from MMA, I would retire from the UFC, the best MMA league in the world.
“I don’t want to go somewhere and fight for this bigger money,” she continued. “Money is not everything. I’ve saved enough money for myself, for my kids, for my grandkids probably, but it’s not only about the money. You need to have this pride in you and you have to know what to do and how to prioritize some things. This is what I’m trying to do.”
Jedrzejczyk is always about for more opportunities
Jedrzejczyk went on to stress that she is “happy” with how things have playing out for her in terms of business. The Polish MMA superstar also confessed that in every deal, she always makes it a point that there are a lot of other opportunities for her.
“I’m happy where I’m at right now,” the former UFC champion added. “It’s not only the money I can get for the fight, but also some bonuses and some exposure, how I can make some ways to make it work so I can get more connections, more business relationships.”
“This is how I look at it,” she explained. “Every sponsorship deal that I sign, I don’t look only at the numbers. I look at the exposure — how much money they want to invest, whether they want to put my face, my body, if it’s going to be billboards, TV, media exposure. I always calculate and see these things. It’s not just about the zeroes, it’s about the investment from the other side. I’m very happy where I’m at right now.”
Jedrzejczyk vs. Zhang 1 was widely regarded as arguably the greatest women’s fight in the history of the sport. The two former UFC champions engaged in an epic five-round battle but in the end, it’s Zhang who got the nod from the judges.
Now that Jedrzejczyk finally gets a chance to avenger her loss, she is willing to run it back for another 25 minutes with the Chinese MMA star.