Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces Michelle Waterson at UFC Fight Night Tampa
Former UFC Women's Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (pictured left) | Pic: Facebook/joanna.jedrzejczyk

Women’s Strawweight bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson is official. The contest headlines an upcoming UFC Fight Night 161 (UFC on ESPN+ 19) held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on October 13 (AEST).

The Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson bout was initially reported early July, and was rumored to be held in San Francisco, CA. This week the promotion formally announced the matchup slotted as the headliner of UFC Tampa.

“The longest reigning champion in strawweight history, Poland’s Jedrzejczyk is chasing after another belt, and in her first fight in her adopted home state of Florida, she hopes a win over “The Karate Hottie,” who has won three straight over Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, will earn her a crack at the title,” reads the announcement.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3) is former UFC women’s strawweight champion, who has reigned from March 2015 to November 2017, before losing the strap to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217. In her previous bout in December 2018 Jedrzejczyk moved up a weight class and took on now reigning Valentina Shevchenko for a vacant (at that time) UFC women’s flyweight title, yet dropped a unanimous decision. Before that Jedrzejczyk earned a unanimous decision against Tecia Torres.

Michelle Waterson (17-6) was last seen in action in March when she defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision. Former Invicta FC Atomweight champion is riding a three-fight win streak, which includes the victories against Kowalkiewicz, Felice Herrig and Cortney Casey.

The Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson bout is scheduled for five rounds.

Among other bouts scheduled for UFC Tampa, the promotion made official a strawweight bout between Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Ribas, and a flyweight encounter between Deiveson Figueiredo and Timothy Elliott. The announced to date list of matchups can be found below.

Women’s Strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson
Women’s Strawweight Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Ribas
Flyweight Tim Elliott vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
Light Heavyweight Ryan Spann vs. Devin Clark
Women’s Flyweight JJ Aldrich vs. Lauren Mueller