Joanna Jędrzejczyk is the best female strawweight out there, as evidenced by her wins over Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, but where do Gadelha and Kowalkiewicz stand in relation to each other? They’re obviously two of the elite, but we need this UFC 212 co-main event to for further clarity.
The fight opens with both ladies willing to strike, with Kowalkiewicz working her footwork and Gadelha wading inside to swing elbows. This goes on for a couple minutes, but when Gadelha switches to wrestling, she’s able to get her opponent to the canvas. From there it’s an almost too-easy journey into back-mount, and when she slips on the rear naked choke, Kowalkiewicz is screwed. The tap comes soon after.
What a dominant performance. Gadelha made it look easy.
Results: Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:03, R1