Joanna Jedrzejczyk erased any doubt that she’s ready for her next headlining opportunity.
The former strawweight champion weighed in at 115.5 pounds at Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC Tampa, putting a halt to any talks that she would come in heavy for Saturday’s main event against Michelle Waterson.
Reports emerged earlier in the week that Jedrzejczyk had informed UFC officials she would not be able to cut down to the 116-pound limit and that she had requested a catchweight affair with Waterson, who was not planning to accommodate that request.
On her social media and in comments made to reporters in Tampa, Fla., Jedrzejczyk did not appear concerned about her upcoming weight cut and insisted that the results would speak for themselves on Friday.
Jedrzejczyk has never missed weight before, though she has experienced problems making the 115-pound championship mark in the past. In December 2017, following her title fight loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217, Jedrzejczyk parted ways with her nutrition team, stating that a particularly troubling weight cut process affected her performance.
In other notable news, Mackenzie Dern was also able to make the strawweight limit in her first fight since having a baby this past June. Dern weighed in at 115 pounds, a stark contrast to her last fight at UFC 224 in May 2018 when she came in heavy at 123 pounds.
Dern is unbeaten in seven pro bouts, but has failed to hit the strawweight mark on three scheduled occasions. Earlier this week, she said that cutting weight appeared to be easier after pregnancy.