Joanna Jedrzejczyk makes fifth UFC strawweight title defense
UFC 211: Joanna Jedrzejczyk punches Jessica Andrade in their UFC women's strawweight championship fight / Pic: Facebook/UFC

UFC 211: Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeats Jessica Andrade, making fifth consecutive title defense.

American Airline Center in Dallas accommodated UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 this past Saturday. The card has certainly delivered excitement and entertainment, to fans all around the world. The co-main event for the evening was indeed the much anticipated fight between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and title contender Jessica Andrade.

In the opening round, Andrade pressured forward throwing some powerful punches at the champ. She has landed a significant hook that caused instant swelling on Jedrzejczyk’s forehead. Whilst it was a strong opening round for the challenger, the champion solved the problem of her opponent over the course of the following rounds. Henceforth she put on an exciting and technical performance. Jedrzejczyk answered Andrade’s brawl-like flurries with footwork, angles, fast hand combinations and a number of technically clean and piercing head kicks.

Andrade switched from orthodox stance to southpaw frequently throughout the fight. It was a cause for speculation as her left leg was notably inflamed and bruised, from wearing Jedrzejczyk’s kicks. Andrade would attempt to charge in towards the champ in hopes of closing the distance. She searched for an opening so that her heavy hands could do some damage.

Those attempts became less threatening as the rounds went on. Jedrzejczyk kept her opponent at distance with a stinging jab and a strong, crisp right hand. Then, in true Jedrzejczyk style, she finished her combinations with a kick to either the leg or body of Andrade, leaving no room for her opponent to answer the exchange.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s technical striking ability and precision, combined with her elite level of athletic ability and durability, often makes it hard for her opponents to last the entire five rounds whilst maintaining a level of ferocity.

Jessica Andrade did display her athletic ability and strength. She managed to take down the champ numerous times early on in the fight. But as her stamina wore thin throughout the bout, her take down attempts dwindled. Joanna Jedrzejczyk being a former world champion in muaythai, is incredibly well rounded and has adapted her style to MMA very successfully. Her ability in patiently working her way out of the ground game to recovering and recomposing herself within the clinch, where she is notably strong and skilled, is not to be overlooked. She has beautifully incorporated her Muay Thai clinch into her MMA arsenal, having adapted some of the traditional techniques from her “Thai Boxing Days” into her grappling game within the cage.

This bout was the Polish champion’s fifth successful title defense. It is without question that her next opponent should be none other than the “Thug” Rose Namajunas. The spotlight is very much shining on this well-established division. With a dominant champion reigning over an exciting class of elite level athletes from all around the world, it is no wonder why any strawweight bout is now a notable point of interest for viewers and fans everywhere.

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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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