Are you ready for the first-ever strawweight title defense in Ultimate Fighting Championship history? Either way, it’s coming.
On Wednesday, it was announced champion Carla Esparza (pictured) will break in her freshly minted belt against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185.
Esparza vacated her Invicta FC title to enter “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tournament. She submitted Rose Namajunas in December to become the UFC’s inaugural 115-pound champ.
Jedrzejczyk is perfect through her first eight professional scraps, with her last two coming under the UFC’s watch. The 27-year-old solidified her top contender status by beating Claudia Gadelha last month.
The title tilt will serve as the co-main event, as lightweight champion Anthony Pettis defends his crown against Rafael dos Anjos in the card’s featured contest.
The March 14 event goes down inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson
Matt Brown vs. Johny Hendricks
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Carla Esparza (UFC strawweight champion)
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Anthony Pettis (UFC lightweight champion)