UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk is pur violence.
At today’s UFC Fight Night Berlin, which aired on Fight Pass and featured an undercard of names so foreign they could’ve been characters from Star Wars, the UFC’s reigning strawweight champ defended her crown against the most worthy challenger around. And the champ – Polish striker elite Joanna Jedrzejczyk – utterly and completely wrecked challenger Jessica Penne.
Remember who scary Wanderlei Silva was back in the day? Jedrzejczyk was more Wanderlei Silva than Wanderlei Silva was.
Whenever Penne got in close, the champ smashed her with elbows. Whenever Penne was far away, the champ blasted her with kicks to the thigh and head. And whenever Penne covered up against the fence to recover from whatever she’d just been hit with, Jedrzejczyk fired off machine-gun flurries that were faster than anything we’ve seen.
From the way she took the belt from Carla Esparza to the ferocity with which she beat back her first challenger, it’s clear there may be few – if any – 115-pound ladies who could give her trouble. Ronda Rousey may be beating them quickly with armbars, but Joanna is beating them to bloody pulps.
Long live the queen of violence.