Joanna Jedrzejczyk made a successful UFC debut with a unanimous decision win over Juliana Lima at UFC on FOX 12. In the newly founded women’s strawweight division, a good first impression is a must, and Jedrzejczyk was successful in doing just that. She remains undefeated and looks like a potential contender at 115lbs, with the Polish fighter putting on a stand-up clinic and successfully defending multiple takedown attempts by Lima.
Lima had little success in the fight, and mainly used the clinch to stall. After the first round, the Brazilian looked very tired and Joe Rogan immediately pointed towards the adrenaline dump of a UFC debut. Her record now stands at 6-2, while Jedrzejczyk improves to 7-0.
Here is how the fight played out.
Two UFC debutants in the second ever women’s strawweight division, though Goldberg and Rogan keep stating it is the first fight (whoops). Lima missed weight by 1.5lbs, and is a +240 underdog. Mike Beltran and his beast of a beard is refereeing this contest.
Round 1 – Leg kicks from Lima. She goes in for the takedown but recognised by Jedrzejczyk, but Lima has the muay thai clinch momentarily and lands a couple of knees. She has Jedrzejczyk against the cage and is working on the takedown. Well defended by Joanna, but Lima now switches to a single. Once again unsuccessful. Little action in this position. Jedrzejczyk keeping a nice wide posture and defending well. Lima having a hard time trying to get her to the ground, and Beltran is consistently calling for action. Lima has her hands connected and drags Jedrzejczyk to the ground. Right back up. And now well defended. This is very taxing on Lima, especially considering the fact she missed weight. Beltran finally separates them with half of the round left. Lima already breathing heavy. Big right lands from the Pole. She’s hurting Lima with these combinations. Overhand right. Lima once again unsuccessful with the takedown and Jedrzejczyk makes her pay with some short shots. The Brazilian has the clinch but is merely holding on from this position. The weight cut must have paid its toll on Lima, who is doing little more than short shots and resting in the clinch. Separated once more. This is where Jedrzejczyk shines, and there is 45 seconds remaining. Lima misses her combination. Nice 1-2 by Jedrzejczyk, and she’s landing the better combinations. Lima with the leg kick. Big overhand right by Jedrzejczyk. And another. Lima with a couple of knees to the body at the end of the round. I’m going to give that to Jedrzejczyk, simply because Lima did little and her one takedown resulted in hardly any ground work at all.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.
Round 2 – Lima seems tired coming into this second and she’s already on the back foot. Jedrzejczyk with combinations, mixing it up and landing a plethora of shots. Lima is just trying to land one big shot, and struggling to do so. Left hook from Lima lands. Big combination from Jedrzejczyk, but the kick is caught by Lima. Knee to the body from Jedrzejczyk in that exchange, and they separate from the clinch. Straight left to the body. Body work from Jedrzejczyk. Left straight lands. Nice combination, but Lima lands a counter. The body shots of Jedrzejczyk are working really well. That seems to be her go-to move in the second. Lima unsuccessful with the leg kick and pays for it with another combination in return. Lima trying for the takedown and easily stuffed by Jedrzejczyk, but Lima now has the clinch and is trying to stall the action again. She doesn’t like them body shots from Jedrzejczyk. Nothing more than knees to the thigh from Lima, who is really struggling to take Jedrzejczyk to the mat. Nice knees from Jedrzejczyk, who then turns it around and lands an elbow. Lima turns it around once again. They separate and Jedrzejczyk has a big grin. Less than a minute remaining in the second. Jedrzejczyk avoiding Lima’s strikes and landing plenty of her own. Lima once again unsuccessful, her takedown attempts are very laboured. Jedrzejczyk lands a knee in the clinch, then an elbow. Front kick lands! Big strikes by the Pole at the end of the round, and she celebrates at the horn!
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Jedrzejczyk (20-18 Jedrzejczyk).
Round 3 – The first round could have gone to Lima, but in my books she needs a finish. She needs to win this round at the very least, but she seems too tired to do so and is really struggling on the feet. Jedrzejczyk is looking great. Some lovely combinations and she’s just too fast for Lima. Lima is backing up throughout and Jedrzejczyk taking the more patient approach. Overhand right from Jedrzejczyk. Head kick from Lima is checked. Beautiful combinations from Jedrzejczyk. Nice right as Lima closes the distance. Lima seems very frustrating and she really offers nothing on the feet. She needs to disguise her takedown attempts better. She’s going for it! And she gets it! Right into side control! Much, much better from Lima. But half guard regained. 1:40 left in this third round and Lima needs to make this position count. Lima trying to work on a guillotine now. She’s trying to work her way into the mount. Jedrzejczyk is working her way to the feet now, and she does so. A knee to the body now. Lima has her against the cage now and is trying to work on another takedown. Well defended and Jedrzejczyk lands a couple of shots and defends the takedown as the horn blows.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Jedrzejczyk (30-27 Jedrzejczyk).
Result: Jedrzejczyk via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Lima seemed disappointed about that decision, but there was no doubting that. A great first impression by Jedrzejczyk in the new division, and a well earned win.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).