Video by Eric Holden
Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk cemented herself as the baddest woman on the planet and the face of women’s MMA with a flawless, technically-sound performance in the co-main of UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas. The legendary 115-pound talent surgically picked apart Jessica Andrade, using height, speed and reach to her advantage. She had Andrade chasing her around the cage for much of the 25-minute affair.
The 29-year-old opened an early edge, pulling ahead on the scorecards with dozens of punches and leg kicks in the opening three frames. Andrade had no answer for her opponent’s precise jabs and head kicks. After taking a 3-0 lead, Jedrzejczyk could have listened to her coaches by playing it safe in the final two rounds.
However, she continued to entertain in the final two rounds, frustrating Andrade with masterful striking and fancy footwork. With Ronda Rousey’s future in MMA in serious doubt, has "Joanna Champion" built enough momentum to carry the torch forward for the female athletes in the sport? There’s no doubt about it.
Judging by the reaction from Long Island fight fans, Jedrzejczyk is finally a superstar and a must-see attraction. AXS was on hand for UFC 211 at Dave & Busters in Westbury, Long Island, and the fan reaction to the champ’s fight was priceless. Even though the card was headlined with a title fight pitting Stipe Miocic against Junior dos Santos, fans seemed to be the most pumped up about Jedrzejczyk’s bout. Many fans in attendance appeared to be left speechless by what they had just witnessed.
It’s unclear what the future holds for the champ, being that one of her top coaches at American Top Team is leaving. Chances are, she’ll be back in the cage sometime before the end of 2017.
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