When Polish powerhouse Joanna Jedrzejcyk defeated UFC veteran Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton via TKO earlier this year, fans knew they were seeing a star on the rise.
But after her five-round war against Juliana Lima at last night’s UFC on FOX 12 event, Jedrzejcyk has garnered the attention of fans and critics across the world.
Jedrzejcyk picked up the decision over Lima in a three-round war of attrition. Although Lima engaged in a tight clinch in the first stanza and scored a takedown late in the third, Jedrzejcyk answered with strength and technical striking in all three rounds.
The Polish powerhouse impressed not only fans and critics, but also an excited UFC President Dana White, who took to Twitter and declared himself a fan of Jedrzejcyk’s. Although fans tend to disagree with a lot of the things White says, the guy has been in the business of combat sports – and yes folks there is a business aspect to it – for years and if Jedrzejcyk is now on his radar, that’s one heck of an endorsement.
The interesting thing about Jedrzejcyk is that she wasn’t the first crop of 115-pound women fighters signed by the UFC to compete on “The Ultimate Fighter.” That said, Jedrzejcyk brings good striking and technique. She also showed good conditioning and octagon control. While Lima had her on the mat in the final two seconds, Jedrzejcyk stood back up and the two had a brief exchange – with the Brazilian fighter throwing her opponent against the cage – before the end of the round.
Jedrzejcyk is still in the beginnings of her MMA career but with the level of technique in her striking, it would be interesting to see how she matches up with other high-caliber hitters like Felice Herrig, Tecia Torres and Joanne Calderwood, who are all slated to appear on “TUF: Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez.”
One possible opponent for her next fight is Claudia Gadelha, who is coming off a decision win over Tina Lähdemäki in what was the first women’s strawweight fight in UFC history. Whoever wins this match could the next contender for the UFC women’s 115-pound title.
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