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UFC 231: Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes on Valentina Shevchenko for flyweight title

The UFC confirmed that former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2-0) will face Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) for the vacant flyweight title at Toronto’s UFC 231.

Nicco Montano, the former flyweight titleholder, was stripped of the belt at UFC 228 when she failed to make weight.

Jedrzejczyk, 31, bounced back from two consecutive losses to Rose Namajunas, the current strawweight champ, with a convincing decision win over Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 30 in July.

Shevchenko, 30, was supposed to face Montano for the belt at UFC 228. She has beaten Jedrzejczyk thrice in kickboxing bouts. After losing a close split-decision to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, she dropped down to 125 pounds and decisioned Priscilla Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125 in February.

UFC 231 is set for Dec. 8 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2-0) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0)

Chad Laprise (13-3-0) vs. Dhiego Lima (12-7-0)

Devin Clark (9-2-0) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (10-1-0)

Randa Markos (8-6-0) vs. Marina Rodriguez (10-0-0)

Hakeem Dawodu (8-1-1) vs. Kyle Bochniak (8-3-0)

Claudia Gadelha (16-3-0) vs. Nina Ansaroff (9-5-0)

Antonio Carlos Junior (10-2-0, 1NC) vs. Elia Theodorou (15-2-0)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-3-0) vs. Gilbert Burns (13-3-0)

Max Holloway (19-3-0) vs. Brian Ortega (14-0-0, 1NC)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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