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New Strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk reacts to crushing Carla Esparza, hopes to fight next in Poland

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk dominated Carla Esparza in the co-main event of UFC 185 last night, relieving the former strawweight champ of her title duties nine minutes into their fight.

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Just one day ago, Joanna Jedrzejczyk was an undefeated fighter whose last name stifled even the most diverse vocabularies. Now after beating the breaks off of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's strawweight titleholder, Carla Esparza, the 27-year-old Polish fighter is your new champ.

Jedrzejczyk came into her pairing with "Cookie Monster" at the UFC 185 pay-per-view (PPV) a winner of eight-straight fights. Esparza, meanwhile, had an undefeated run herself on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 en route to becoming champion.

As the action got underway inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, one thing became clear immediately: Esparza was in for a rough night. The 27-year-old collegiate All-American wrestler couldn't hold a candle to her opponent's striking credentials.

To watch Joanna Jedrzejczyk  vs. Carla Esparza full fight video highlights from last night right now click here.

From the get-go, Esparza was lit up by a variety of punches, and later became essentially helpless. The Team Oyama standout fell short on 16 takedown attempts and was put away at the 4:17 mark of round two. She was also at a five-inch height disadvantage.

Jedrzejczyk ran away with this fight because of her pin-point striking. The former Muay Thai champ battered the face of Esparza for nearly 10 minutes before referee Don Turnage had seen enough.

We'd also be remiss if we failed to acknowledge just how much she has improved her takedown defense. It was just three months ago that Jedrzejczyk was put on her back seven times by renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Claudia Gadelha.

The 27-year-old looked outstanding in every aspect of the fight. She was clearly in control from the start and showed that Esparza was way out of her league tonight.

"I am a confident person. I [knew I] was going to do this and be the new champion. That's why I'm here," Jedrzeczyk said at the UFC 185 post-fight press conference. "I was always believing in me. I was not nervous. I've got so many emotions. I knew I'd win but I didn't expect it to be in the second round."

UFC President Dana White doesn't have any ideas as far as potential challengers go for the Polish powerhouse and immediately shot down any plans of Jedrzejczyk fighting on the upcoming April 11 UFC Fight Night 64 card in Krakow, Poland. Should she remain champion for a lengthy period of time, however, there's no question as to who UFC will call upon to fill a future main event slot there.

"Of course, in the future, I'd like to fight in Poland. I'm happy that the UFC will be in Poland. It's a pretty big deal," Jedrzejczyk said.

After she lands in Poland, and has a chance to soak up her successes, there will be no shortage of contenders ready to prove that they're the rightful No. 1 contender in the women's 115-pound division.

Tecia Torres and Jessica Penne boast two of the best resumes in the division. The pair also do not have a scheduled bout on the horizon.

A match up with "The Tiny Tornado" specifically would be intriguing due to each fighters' stand-up background. Not to mention, Torres has defeated three women currently ranked in the Top 10.

With a top-notch Muay Thai attack, and reliable takedown defense, Jedrzejczyk's next opponent will sure have their hands full.