A new UFC women’s flyweight champion will be crowned on December 8th in Toronto.
TSN was the first to report that Valentina Shevchenko (15-3) and former 5x defending UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2) will meet inside of the same arena that the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs call home later this fall to determine a new 125 lbs queen.
Shevchenko was originally scheduled to face now former champ Nicco Montano earlier this month at UFC 228. Unfortunately, Montano would be hospitalized due to weight cutting issues forcing the fight to be removed from the card and the UFC to strip her of her title.
Shevchenko was very vocal about her displeasure with Montano having prepared for this contest on multiple occasions.
Shevchenko and Jedrzejcyzk already have a history in combat sports which will add to the narrative of this bout, their first under mixed martial arts rules. The ‘Bullet’ already holds 3 victories over Joanna in Muay Thai competition — those fights took place over a decade ago.
Although not officially announced, a featherweight title bout between current champ Max Holloway and number one contender Brian Ortega is expected to headline UFC 231.