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Carla Esparza-Joanna Jedrzejczyk Headed To UFC 185

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According to reports, the first UFC female strawweight championship defense for Carla Esparza will take place in March at UFC 185.

Esparza will defend her title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who earned a split decision victory vs. Claudia Gadelha last December just days after Esparza won the inaugural title.

Jedrzejczyk (8-0) is 2-0 with the UFC, having also scored a decision over Juliana Lima. Of her eight career wins, three have been finishes.

Esparza (10-2) came over to the UFC after winning the Invicta FC strawweight title vs. Bec Rawlings in 2013. She earned a submission win over Rose Namajunas in the TUF finals and is on a five-fight win streak.

UPDATE: The bout was confirmed for the co-main event slot during “UFC Tonight” Wednesday evening.

Below is the current lineup:

UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Rafael dos Anjos

UFC Female Strawweight Championship
Carla Esparza (c) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson

Flyweight: Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown

Middleweight: Elias Theodorou vs. Roger Narvaez

Flyweight: Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit