Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her Strawweight belt against Jessica Andrade over the weekend at UFC 211, bringing her within one defence of equalling Ronda Rousey’s record and causing the likes of Brendan Schaub to hail her as, “…the best striker hands down in the UFC regardless of gender. The best period.”
The fight was even enough in the first round, with Joanna peppering strikes left, right and centre, before Jessica swarmed forward using her strength landing heavy hooks and, at one point, picking Joanna Jedrzejczyk up and slamming her to the ground.
Thereafter, as the rounds progressed, the fight became a masterclass of the two fighters’ strengths, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk moved like water to keep Jessica Andrade at a distance and circle around her attacks, striking as she moved.
Jessica demonstrated a cast iron chin that Roy Nelson would be proud of, and sucked up several shots that would put a lesser fighter on their back. Toughness, however, can only take you so far and, against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jessica Andrade was consistently out pointed and out punched, leaving the champ to take the win on a points decision.
This was her fifth defence since beating Carla Esparza, back in 2104. Talking to Rolling Stone‘s Mike Bohn recently, Joanna Jedrzejczyk said the following:
“I know what I want from myself and what I can expect from myself. I want to be the first female fighter to hold two belts. First I want to reach the record of Ronda Rousey. She had six successful title defenses, which is a pretty big deal to me. I want to be an undefeated champion and retire undefeated. It’s not going to be easy.”
Well, with one more defence to go, it looks like part one of her plan is attainable and, following the recent announcement that the UFC would be adding a Welterweight division just ten pounds heavier than Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s current weight class, it looks as if part two won’t be too tricky to envisiage.