Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson fight in jeopardy
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3) was supposed to return to the cage this weekend against Michelle Waterson (17-6) but, according to Ariel Helwani, the main event of the UFC in Florida is under the threat of failure.
According to Helwani’s multiple sources, about a week ago, Jedrzejczyk informed the UFC that she couldn’t cut weight to fit the flyweight division limit. The UFC offered Waterson to have the fight in the catchweight division but her team refused.
If Joanna doesn’t make weight but the fight will happen, she will have to give 30% of her purse to the opponent. According to the Florida Boxing Commission, the UFC will pay half of the sum because Jedrzejczyk warned about her problems in advance.
The UFC also offered Waterson to face Amanda Ribas or Mackenzie Dern instead but Michelle refused both options. UFC matchmakers are currently discussing the Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Angela Hill fight in the catchweight while Waterson may be pushed to the UFC 244 in November where she could face Jessica Andrade.
There’s also Plan B: cancel Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson fight altogether and make the featherweight fight between Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie the main event.
Official decision hasn’t been made yet, and both Jedrzejczyk and Waterson have already arrived to Tampa and keep negotiating. Jedrzejczyk hasn’t entered the cage since last December when she lost to Valentina Shevchenko in the flyweight title fight. Michelle Waterson is on a three-win streak over Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig, and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.