A third championship fight has been added to UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the UFC’s strawweight queen, is set to defend her belt against Rose Namajunas in New York on Nov. 4, the champion announced on Fox Sports’ Twitter on Tuesday.
via @ProCast: @joannamma will fight at UFC 217 to tie @RondaRousey's record for title defenses! But who will she face? pic.twitter.com/529tokkW1V— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 12, 2017
Jedrzejczyk (14-0) will attempt to tie Ronda Rousey’s record of consecutive title defenses (six) after victories over Jessica Andrade, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Claudia Gadelha, Valerie Letourneau and Jessica Penne.
Namajunas (6-3), who was viewed by Dana White as the “next Ronda Rousey” on The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014 — before losing to Carla Esparza for the inaugural title — earned another shot at the belt after going 4-1 in her next five fights, capped off by a second-round submission win over Michelle Waterson.
UFC 217 will be headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre for the middleweight championship, while bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt puts his title on the line versus T.J. Dillashaw in the co-main event.