Reigning UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked to extend her title defense streak to five when she met Brazilian contender Jessica Andrade last night (Sat., May 13, 2017) at UFC 211 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Jedrzejczyk was also aiming to push her record to an astounding 14-0.
Jedrzejczyk opened up with a few hard leg kicks that clearly bothered Andrade. The Brazilian was able to land a powerful takedown before giving the champion a big bruise on her forehead, but Jedrzejczyk did her own damage with elbows over the top, crisp jabs, and knees inside. In Round 2, Jedrzejczyk continued to attack with kicks from the outer edges, as Andrade kept moving forward like a stubborn bull. Jedrzejczyk landed more offense in the form of a snapping combination that woke the challenger up. Andrade responded with a short takedown before getting peppered again on the feet with a jumping head kick.
The third round saw Jedrzejczyk come out even more aggressive, attacking Andrade with low kicks, high kicks, and forward combinations. Andrade tried to get inside and mix it up, but Jedrzejczyk kept her at distance with consistent footwork and head movement. She tagged the Brazilian at will. In Round 4, Jedrzejczyk landed a filthy head kick that jolted the Brazilian’s entire body. The champion followed those efforts up by lighting Andrade up like a combat test dummy. Andrade temporarily stalled the action along the cage, but Jedrzejczyk found a home for short elbows inside. Jedrzejczyk landed another head kick and straight left before the round came to a close.
Through the final five minutes of action, Jedrzejczyk did what she did in the previous 20. Andrade certainly remained tough in the waning moments of the fight, but Jedrzejczyk was simply too slick on her feet. The champ tagged Andrade at will, peppering her with front kicks to the body and constant pressure from all angles.
The full fight video highlights can be seen above courtesy of UFC.
With this win, Jedrzejczyk earns her fifth-straight title defense at 115 pounds and is clearly leaps and bounds better than the rest of the division. That said, she will most likely defend her throne once more this year against the next contender on deck, Rose Namajunas.
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