Joanna Jedrzejczyk successfully defended her UFC women’s strawweight title for the first time today in Berlin, Germany — sending back the challenge of Jessica Penne.
Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, showcased her Muay Thai prowess from the opening bell. The American Penne was unable to impose her grappling and found herself at the end of punching combinations and leg kicks throughout the stanza. She shrugged off Penne’s takedowns and landed a few elbows in the clinch as well.
In the second, Jedrzejczyk (who entered the Octagon a -800 favorite) brought more of the same, mixing in a head kick after a brief sequence in the clinch. An elbow appeared to break Penne’s nose later in the round and punching combinations nearly brought a stoppage on several occasions.
Jedrzejczyk kept the advantage in the third, landing a series of punches on a bloodied and staggered Penne — and ultimately forcing the referee to call a halt to the action at 4:22 of the stanza.
Jedrzejczyk improves to 10-0 as a professional with the victory. Penne, who entered the Octagon a +500 underdog, drops to 12-4.
Most of the show’s bouts showcased local talent, but there was one other bout with implications on the world stage. That fight, the evening’s co-main event, saw Tatsuya Kawajiri of Japan defeat Germany’s own Dennis Siver via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) — mostly using a ground-and-pound strategy.
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