Joanna Jedrzejczyk has once again proven she’s the best fighter at strawweight in the UFC, dismantling Brazilian slugger Jessica Andrade over five rounds to defend her 115 pound title for the fifth time. The judges gave the fight to her 50-45, 50-44, and 50-45 for total domination.
Andrade came in with a mean haircut and an even meaner mug, and had success early in the fight by bullying in and brawling with Joanna. But by the end of the first Jedrzejczyk was getting better at establishing her range and staying out of Andrade’s reach no matter how hard she came forward. And in typical Joanna Champion style, she’d abruptly switch gears, push forward herself, and drop a savage muay thai combo of knees, kicks, and elbows on her opponent.
Over the course of five rounds, Joanna picked apart Andrade with endless kicks to the calf interspersed with head kicks and of course long right hands that landed hard on Andrade while Andrade could hit nothing but air. Round after round, Jedrzejczyk often doubled or tripled the output of her opponent, who just couldn’t manage to get her hands on the champion after the first round.
Andrade was game throughout the fight but never managed to put Joanna in any serious danger.
“Joanna Jedrzejczyk from Poland!” she said after the fight. “Remember that name! No one is taking this belt away from me!”
The win puts Jedrzejczyk one fight away from tying Ronda Rousey’s record for most defenses by a female champion. Once that happens, she could go for a new goal: first woman to hold two belts at once. With the 125 pound women’s division opening this summer and Jedrzejczyk already vocal about the weight cut to 115 being the worst part of her job, we could see her coming after the women’s flyweight belt after the inaugural champ is crowned through the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.