Why couldn’t Joanna Jedrzejczyk fight last minute at UFC 213? ‘It was about a pregnancy test’

LAS VEGAS – UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she was “very close” to convincing the Nevada State Athletic Commission she could face Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213.

But in the end, the commission’s rules nixed the possibility.

“It was about a pregnancy test,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie backstage at T-Mobile Arena. “It was not enough time to get the result. They needed 72 hours.”

Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) withdrew from a title defense in Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner after falling ill. UFC President Dana White said she was cleared to compete but chose not to. Nunes has yet to comment on her withdrawal.

The scratch left the promotion scrambling. Then Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) suddenly stepped into the picture, volunteering on social media to fight Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who she’s faced multiple times on the kickboxing circuit. She immediately messaged White, who’s phone was off.

“But when he saw the message, I got the phone call from PR and matchmakers from the UFC, and (they) were trying to get me on this card,” she said.