Sources: Jedrzejczyk-Waterson bout in jeopardy
Oct. 09, 2019
Saturday's UFC Fight Night Tampa main event -- Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson -- is in jeopardy.
According to multiple sources, Joanna Jedrzejczyk informed the UFC over a week ago that she would not be able to make the strawweight limit of 116 pounds. The UFC offered Waterson the opportunity to fight at an agreed upon catchweight, but Waterson's camp has thus far declined that offer, sources say.
If she misses weight but the fight proceeds, Jedrzejczyk would have to pay Waterson 30 percent of her purse, per the Florida State Boxing Commission; however, another option discussed was that the UFC would pay the fine on behalf of Jedrzejczyk because the UFC was notified of her weight issues days ago. The UFC has declined that option so far, and historically doesn't pay the fighter's fine.
While replacing Jedrzejczyk with another opponent has been discussed, the UFC is also considering canceling the fight altogether and bumping up Kron Gracie vs. Cub Swanson to the main event slot.
Another option being discussed is moving the fight altogether to a card in November, sources say.
Brazilian outlet Combate first reported the news that the fight was in jeopardy due to Jedrzejczyk's weight cut.
Thus far, no final decision has been made. Both Waterson and Jedrzejczyk are already in Tampa and talks are ongoing, sources say. Jedrzejczyk, the former UFC women's strawweight champion, hasn't competed as a strawweight since July 2018. Her last fight was a December 2018 women's flyweight title fight against Valentina Shevchenko , which she lost via unanimous decision.
"It's been a while [since I've cut] to strawweight and I'm just getting older," Jedrzejczyk recently told ESPN's Marc Raimondi. "We can't do the weight cut the same time as last time. Our bodies are very smart. I'm not a natural strawweight. I got to the strawweight division five years ago after I signed with the UFC. It's not natural for me, but I'm doing my best. I always fight two fights. One is before the fight. I'm gonna get there and take care of my business in so many different ways."
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