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The Price of Destroying Your Opponent: A Broken Thumb

The Price of Destroying Your Opponent: A Broken Thumb

UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk beat challenger Jessica Penne so badly on Saturday at UFC Fight Night Berlin, Penne is now polenta (Get it? Polenta is an Italian cornmeal porridge? Oh shut up.) But there was a price tag to that striking clinic the Queen of All 115ers put on – she fractured her thumb.

Here’s MMAFighting with some insight:

Jedrzejczyk, the UFC women’s strawweight champion, has a badly broken right thumb and could require surgery, her co-manager Shu Hirata told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on Monday. Helwani broke the news on The MMA Hour.

It’s unclear when in the fight she sustained the break, but she continued to throw right hands throughout in a third-round TKO victory over Penne in the main event of UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin.

Afterward, Jedrzejczyk said she wanted to take a break from the Octagon after going 3-0 over the last seven months. Now, with the broken thumb, it seems like that time off will not be voluntary. It’s unclear how long Jedrzejczyk will be out, though she said Saturday she’d like to return around November or December.

As there was a relatively short turnaround time between when the Polish fighter took the belt from Carla Esparza to when she took on Penne, this could be much-needed break.

No pun intended.

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