UFC 211: Joanna Jedrzejczyk aims fifth defense of UFC women's strawweight title
UFC 211: Joanna Jedrzejczyk the current UFC women's strawweight champion

UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 takes place in Dallas on May 13

The pay-per-view UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 follows the prelims on Fox Sports and UFC Fight Pass. In the co-main event, the current UFC women’s strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, will be making her fifth title defense. She will fight against Brazilian challenger, Jessica Andrade. The championship bout is sanctioned for five rounds. It is sure to be an exciting fight for fans and fighters alike.

Muay Thai turned MMA fighter, Jedrzejczyk, has taken the strawweight division by force and intensity since making her official UFC debut July 2014. She now faces a very well rounded grappler and powerful striker in Jessica Andrade. This will be one of her most challenging fights to date.

The two strawweights, having trained together in the past, have both expressed their profound respect for each other’s styles and strength within the octagon. So make no mistake, both women are immensely aware of one another’s capabilities coming into this fight. Viewers should expect to see a showcase of multiple fighting styles, ranging from technical, explosive Muay Thai combinations to dynamic grappling, clinch and Jiu Jitsu.

Women’s flyweight division

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has set her sights on making history in both defending this title for the fifth consecutive time, but in also hoping to accumulate a second title. Mistakenly announced last week, fans and fighters across the globe caught wind of a rumour that a new women’s division is on the cards within the UFC; being the women’s flyweight division.

The Ultimate Fighter TV series is a reality show, for which the UFC recruits the most promising athletes from numerous countries and promotions, to fight for the chance of either a contract or title. Conveniently, The Ultimate Fighter is set to run for the 26th season. It will likely aim to determine the champion for this new and highly anticipated flyweight class.

If the UFC decides to coin this new division, Jedrzejczyk has made it clear that she wishes to fight for the flyweight title. She hopes to make history by becoming a two-division champion. Standing in her way is a game challenger in Jessica Andrade, but also the finalization of the flyweight division itself.

This new category would bridge the rather large gap between the current 135lb women’s bantamweight division and the 115lb women’s strawweight class. There has been much controversy surrounding the absence of the flyweight for the female competitors in the UFC for some time. Former title challenger and top strawweight contender, Valerie Letourneau, made her transition to Bellator very recently for the simple fact that there was no option for her to fight at a healthier weight of 125lb.

Whilst the demand for a new women’s division is high, the strawweight division is currently a rather exciting and hot topic of interest. UFC 211 will be yet another pivotal moment of truth. It follows the exciting matchup just weeks ago between Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson. Namajunas has positioned herself for the next title shot after a dominant finish over Waterson. Who Namajunas faces next for the title will be determined May 13 in Dallas at UFC 211.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade will be a highlight reel for the history books. This is one fight viewers will not want to miss.

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Shanice Desilva
Shanice Desilva is a writer and personal trainer from Perth, Western Australia. She specializes in training developing athletes for competition in various sports, including combat sports. She also trains in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Perth, and has done for 6 years. Desilva is a regular contributor to FIGHTMAG, where she writes the ProLeague blog.

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