When Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk first met in the cage, Jedrzejczyk was the champ, the heavy favorite, and the person most feared in the entire strawweight division.

Then Namajunas crushed her in under a round, and the world was turned upside down.

Now it’s time for the rematch, time for Namajunas to show the first outcome wasn’t a fluke and time for Jedrzejczyk to take back that title she lost. Can she do it?

From the action in the first two rounds, it doesn’t look likely. Brimming with confidence, and newfound kickboxing skill (seriously, she was considered a submission specialist before winning the belt), Namajunas is all about pursuing, stepping into range to throw leather, and escaping unscathed. Jedrzejczyk can do nothing but eat the punches and pray she doesn’t get knocked out.

And then come the adjustments, and starting in Round 3, Jedrzejczyk  is using leg-kicks to turn Namajunas’ thighs red and destroy her ability to move fluidly. It’s suddenly a close fight.

But champions don’t wither when the heat gets turned up, and Namajunas is a champion for a reason. Once Round 5 is underway, she’s all over her foe, closing up Jedrzejczyk’s eye with a left, rocking her in a couple exchanges, and – in the final seconds of the frame – nailing a takedown.

It goes to the judges, and though a few rounds were close, their verdict is solid: Namajunas gets to keep her belt.

 

Result: Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk  via Unanimous Decision