The UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) did not exactly pan out the way UFC brass, pundits, or fans expected. Nearly everyone suspected both Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk would retain their UFC titles at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia last Saturday night (November 14, 2015), but it was only "Joanna Champion" who remained atop her division.
With Holly Holm's stunning upset over Ronda Rousey in the UFC 193 main event (highlights here), Joanna's workmanlike performance against Valerie Letourneau will largely go unnoticed.
UFC 193 was meant to be a springboard for Jedrzejczyk, catapulting her into superstardom alongside the venerable Rousey, but mixed martial arts (MMA) rarely goes by the books.
Instead, Jedrzejczyk's performance will be overshadowed by Holm's epic knockout, but that doesn't mean the Polish champion won't soon become one of the leading faces of MMA and UFC.
To watch Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau full fight video highlights from UFC 193 last night click here.
Heading into her UFC 193 co-main event, most expected Jedrzejczyk to mangle Valerie Letourneau en route to another (technical) knockout victory.
Incredibly, Letourneau actually made the fight highly competitive early on, with two judges giving the challenger the nod in the first round.
"Trouble" soon followed for the Letourneau, as the champion got into her groove in the second round and retained a relentless pace for the following 20 minutes.
In the end, Jedrzejczyk outstruck Letourneau 227 to 120, with 220 of those strikes being considered significant. Even without a spectacular finish, "Joanna Champion" once again proved why she is the most dangerous 115-pound fighter on the planet.
Whether Letourneau was grossly underrated or Jedrzejczyk was simply off in the opening frame, you can bet No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha was chomping at the bit sitting cageside at UFC 193.
Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha locked horns once before, with the winner getting a crack at Carla Esparza's UFC title. Ultimately, the undefeated Polish striker left the cage victorious via split decision, but the bad blood ensued long after the controversial decision.
The duo were set to rematch at UFC 193, but an injury to the Brazilian forced UFC brass to thrust Letourneau into the mix.
After her second successful title defense, Jedrzejczyk will undoubtedly face off against Gadelha in her next title bout, and this time fight fans will enjoy five rounds of warfare.
In reality, Gadelha may truly be Jedrzejczyk's stiffest test in the Women's Strawweight division, so sit back and be ready to enjoy the spectacle.
For complete results from UFC 193: "Rousey vs. Holm," including play-by-play updates click here.