Marina Rodriguez slams Joanna Jedrzejczyk following Michelle Waterson’s victory at UFC Fight Night
Following his victory in Las Vegas, a Brazilian strawweight contender has requested a fight with a Polish star.
Marina Rodriguez of Brazil resumed her ascent up the women’s strawweight ladder with a win over Michelle Waterson on Saturday night at UFC on ESPN 24, then turned her mind to a potential showdown with one of the division’s greatest-ever champions.
Rodriguez won a majority decision over Waterson in the flyweight main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, to extend her professional record to 15-1-2.
After her victory, the Brazilian stated that she would love to fight former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her next fight.
Rodriguez, speaking through an interpreter at the post-fight press conference, said she has a few alternatives ahead of her, with the Polish former champion being the best of the group.
She remarked, “I’d like to fight a couple more times this year.”
“Next time around, I’m looking for a top-three opponent.
“Yan (Xiaonan) is currently in a fight with (previous champion Carla) Esparza. That may be a great fight if she wins.
“Esparza I’ve previously fought, and it was only a few weeks ago, so it’s not a fight I’m particularly looking forward to. Perhaps one of us will win the belt and we will be able to fight again.
“Joanna is a battle that I’ve always wanted to see, and I believe the fans do as well.
“I’d be more than willing to fight her if she comes back and wants to fight again.”
Rodriguez revealed after the fight that she was focused on not just defeating Waterson on Saturday night, but doing so in a fun way, as she tries to break into the 115-pound title picture.
“We’re not here to have a dull fight. We’re also here to amuse the fans,” she added.
“She did a fantastic job of avoiding it, so congratulations to her. I came here hoping to obtain a knockout if there was a chance, but she didn’t offer it.
“I attempted to blitz as much as possible, but I was unable to complete the task. But she deserves credit for that.”