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Joanna (left) will get her rematch against Rose Namajunas at UFC 223 (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)


Namajunas v. Jedrzejczyk II set for UFC 223 in Brooklyn

Joanna looks to regain the Strawweight Title and the last name “Champion” against Rose Namajunas at UFC 223

It didn’t take long for UFC 223 to get it’s co-main event announced. It also didn’t take long for Joanna Jedrzejczyk to get her highly anticipated rematch. UFC President Dana White announced at the companies 25th anniversary press conference that Rose Namajunas will defend her Strawweight Title against Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 inside the Barclays Center.

If you recall, “Thug Rose” (7-3) easily dispatched of Joanna (14-1) three minutes into the opening round at UFC 217 via TKO. Rose has won five of her last seven matches, and looks to prove her recent win was not a fluke. Her calm demeanor carried her to a victory, and another win over Joanna would cement her legacy.

UFC 217, which held one of the best main cards in MMA history, also took place in New York, inside Madison Square Garden. A shocked MSG crowd watched in awe as Joanna Champion, who was one win away from tying Ronda Rousey’s record for consecutive title defenses, went down in the blink of an eye. It was the theme of the night. Speaking of Rousey, Joanna is being praised for how she handled the loss, becoming the anti-Rousey. She immediately jumped in on social media when the fight was announced. Joanna is looking to get back on the Iron Throne that Namajunas currently sits on.


Before her loss, Joanna won 14 consecutive fights inside the octagon. Will Polish Power rise back to the top or will “Thug Rose” reign supreme once again?

The UFC’s return to Brooklyn on April 7th is already an improvement compared to UFC 208. The main event will feature a Lightweight Title fight between champion Tony Ferguson against Khabib Nurmagomedov. No information regarding tickets has been announced yet. Stay tuned as more information is set to come in.

Daniel Yanofsky

Daniel Yanofsky

Daniel is a Managing Editor at, and covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). He is also the lead New York Mets writer. When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a Sunday podcast, The Main Event.
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