Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked to defend her women’s Strawweight title for the sixth consecutive time tonight (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) against top-ranked contender, Rose Namajunas (No. 4), at UFC 217, which took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. With a win, Jedrzejczyk would not only remain unbeaten, but she would also tie Ronda Rousey's record of consecutive title defenses for a female fighter.
Namajunas, however, apparently didn’t get the memo, flooring Jedrzejczyk in the first round and forcing the previously unbeaten, dominant champion to tap to strikes. Seriously.
Rose landed a nice low kick to start the action as Jedrzejczyk pumped punches that caught nothing but air. Jedrzejczyk began to find her range, though, about 90 seconds into the match , but she was stopped in tracks as Namajunas floored her with a clean shot. Namajunas tried to capitalize, but Jedrzejczyk was able to quickly get back to her feet. It didn’t last much longer, though, as Namajunas cornered her along the cage and landed a clean left hook that dropped Jedrzejczyk like a sack of potatoes. It appeared that when she hit the canvas it woke her up, but she was still out of it. Namajunas pounced and drilled her with unanswered shots as Jedrzejczyk went into the turtle position. Referee “Big” John McCarthy gave her every opportunity to fight back, but instead, Jedrzejczyk tapped to strikes.
TAPPED TO STRIKES! That is not a result that anyone would have predicted going into this fight — Jedrzejczyk is a striking animal, while Namajunas was known as a submission specialist. But, Namajunas flipped the script and shocked everyone in the building and watching at home.
Welcome to the “Thug” Era, fight fans.
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