Carla Esparza became the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's strawweight champion after forcing Rose Namajunas to tap in the third round at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 Finale last December (recap).
But it wasn't without luck.
That's according to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who recently told FOX Sports she wasn't too impressed with "Cookie Monster's" performance and had it not been for Rose's mistakes, there could have been a different champion crowned that night.
"I watched the fight (with Rose Namajunas), I didn't watch other fights. It was a good fight. I think she was a little bit lucky and Rose did some mistakes and she could win the fight. Carla is the champion and she did well. I saw many, many, many better fights in the strawweight division than this one."
Still, Joanna isn't discounting Carla's skills entirely, especially her trademark wrestling. Despite the fact that Esparza has shown her specialty lies in the grappling department, Jedrzejczyk won't go into panic mode once the fight hits the ground.
"Her wrestling is very good but I'm ready for it. I did my homework good in Poland and I prepared well for this fight. I can say something more about her wrestling after our fight. I feel good on the ground. My grappling is better, my wrestling is better, but I'm going to keep striking. If she does take me down, I'm not going to just lay on my back. I'm going to fight. In the future, my opponents should be focused because I'm going to fight on the ground as well because I'm a complete MMA fighter."
Of course, Joanna -- who is undefeated in her mixed martial arts (MMA) career (8-0, 2-0 UFC) -- would love nothing more than to keep the fight on the feet as long as possible, as the former amateur Muay Thai champion declares herself the best striker in the division.
And if all goes as planned, her full knockout power will be on display when she and Carla go toe-to-toe this weekend (Sat., March 14, 2015) in the co-main event of UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas. Something Joanna says won't bode well for "Cookie Monster."
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