Ronda Rousey may have carved out a niche for female fighters in the sport, but while she was flaming out and disappearing, the UFC strawweight queen – Joanna Jedrzejczyk – was busy honing herself to a keen edge and making the 115-pound her domain.
Supposedly, Jessica Andrade was going to be a tough test for the Polish striker, but as the UFC 211 co-main event played out, it was clear Jedrzejczyk had already solved the riddle.
Utilizing punishing low-kicks, a never-ending jab and constant movement, the champ established dominance from the outset, whittling away at the Brazilian and racking up points. In Round 1, Andrade got her hands on her foe and hoisted her up and threw her down, but Jedrzejczyk was back up instantly, and it was kick-jab-move, kick-jab-move, kick-jab-move.
Andrade’s takedowns continued as the rounds wore on, but they were less and less frequent, and at no point was she able to keep Jedrzejczyk down. From Jedrzejczyk: kick-jab-move, kick-jab-move.
By the fourth, Andrade was a battered mess who could only lumber forward and eat strikes with throwing wildly.
By the fifth, it was clear the champ had taken every round, and would remain the baddest woman on the planet.
Supposedly, Rose Namajunas gets the next title shot, but what will she be able to do against a champ so dialed in?
Results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk def.Jessica Andrade via Unanimous Decision