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Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas set for UFC 217 at MSG

Joanna Jedrzejczyk got her wish and will defend the UFC women’s strawweight title against Rose Namajunas at Madison Square Garden.

A third title fight for the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden has been officially booked. Joanna Jedrzejczyk will return to New York City to defend her women’s strawweight title against Rose Namajunas at UFC 214 on Nov. 4.

Jedrzejczyk announced the bout via the FOX Sports ProCast and company officials confirmed the bout on the UFC Europe Twitter page Wednesday. MMA-Today.com was first to report the bout last month. According to sources close to the situation, Jedrzejczyk had essentially pushed all of her chips in the MSG basket, and it turned out to be a smart bet.

Jedrzejczyk will look to tie Ronda Rousey’s record for most title defenses by a woman in UFC history with six. Her last title defense was a dominant unanimous decision win over Jessica Andrade back in May at UFC 213. Joanna “Champion”, as she is widely known as, captured the title with a second-round TKO win over Carla Esparza at UFC 185 back in March 2015 and will look to make it 2-0 at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”. Last November at UFC 205, she defeated fellow Poland native Karolina Kowalkiewicz at MSG.

Namajunas will have her second opportunity to capture the women’s 115-pound title on Nov. 4. “Thug” Rose fought for the inaugural title against Esparza in the TUF 20 finale back in December 2014, losing by submission in the third round. Namajunas has gained a lot of experience since her first title opportunity, winning four of her last five fights. Most recently, she had the best performance of her career when she submitted Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 24 back in April to set her up for this big matchup in New York.

The world title triple header at UFC 217 will be headlined by Michael Bisping defending the UFC middleweight title against the returning Georges St-Pierre. Cody Garbrandt will defend his bantamweight title for the first time against former teammate TJ Dillashaw.