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UFC 275: Dana White says winner of Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch will get Carla Esparza title shot

The UFC 275 rematch of former champions Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk now has title shot implications, thanks to president Dana White.

In an interview today with MMA Underground, White confirmed that Esparza will face the winner of Weili (21-3-0) and Jedrzejczyk (16-4-0), but did not confirm a possible date.

“This would definitely be that whoever wins this will definitely fight Esparza for the title,” White said.

Esparza recently married since winning the title from Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 and will likely we watching the fight closely.

Another fighter who will be watching is No. 3 Marina Rodriguez (16-1-2), 35, who was confident her win over Yan Xiaonan at UFC 272 in March, part of a four fight win streak, would make her the No. 1 contender. White said she is close, but is not next. “She’s right there,” White said. “These things happen. Timing is everything.”

Rodriguez has a split-decision loss to Esparza at UFC on Fight Island 3 in July 2020.

The rematch is expected to rival the instant classic status of their first meeting at UFC 248 in March 2020, which Weili, 32, won by split-decision. She went on to lose the strawweight title to Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 and lost a rematch at UFC 268.

Jędrzejczyk, 34, has not fought since the UFC 248 loss to Weili, but helped train with Polish colleague Karolina Kowalkiewicz for her recent fight with Felice Herrig at UFC Vegas 56. She defeated Esparza in March 2015 for the title, defending it five times before losing it to Namajunas at UFC 217 in November 2017.

UFC 275 is scheduled for June 11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Current bouts include:

(C) GLOVER TEIXEIRA (33-7-0) VS. #2 JIRI PROCHAZKA (28-3-1)

(C) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (22-3-0) VS. #4 TALIA SANTOS (19-1-0)

SILVANA GOMEZ (10-4-0) VS. NA LIANG (17-5-0)

ROGERIO BONTORIN (16-4-0) VS. MANEL KAPE (17-6-0)

JACK DELLA MADDALENA (11-2-0) VS. RAMAZAN EMEEV (20-5-0)

JACOB MALKOUN (6-1-0) VS. BRENDAN ALLEN (18-5-0)

#1 ROBERT WHITTAKER (23-5-0) VS. #3 MARVIN VETTORI (18-5-1)

SEUNG WOO CHOI (10-4-0) VS. JOSHUA CULIBAO (9-1-1)

MAHESHATE HAYISAER (6-1-0) VS. STEVE GARCIA (12-4-0)

ANDRE FIALHO (16-4-0) VS. JAKE MATTHEWS (17-5-0)

KYUNG HO KANG (17-9-0) VS. BATGEREL DANAA (12-3-0)

RAMONA PASCUAL (6-3-0) VS. JOSLEYNE EDWARDS (10-4-0)

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

 

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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