Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz, UFC 205, 12 Nov 2016
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz was a phenomenal fight, a contest between technique and toughness. Another attestation to the legitimacy of womens MMA – if there still is any doubt. However before going into the fight, it would be appropriate to reflect on the incredible achievement of the UFC205 event itself.
UFC 205 was a historic and milestone event for many reasons. The achievement of Conor McGregor to hold two championship belts in two different weight divisions at the same time. The remarkable and perhaps record breaking ticket and Pay Per View sales. The ticket prices and participation of fans and audience also shows that MMA is starting to arrive as a main stream sport.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II, UFC TUF 23 Finale, 8 July 2016
Fight of the Night
In a July weekend full of incredible fights, we have Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II. Personally, this is the fight that I have been looking forward to most. A striker versus grappler match-up between a world-class kick boxer and a tough well-rounded Nova Uniao product.
There has always been doubt in my mind over who won Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha I. Joanna started the fight with a great knockdown in the first round. Then Claudia was able to grapple and take Joanna down for the rest of the fight. Since Joanna won the fight she had the opportunity to fight Carla Esparza for the championship. If Claudia won that fight, she would have gotten the fight against Carla. If she was able to capture the belt from Carla, things would be very different.
Now we get to see the two ladies fight again. Finally to settle who the better fighter is.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha I, UFC on Fox, 13 December 2014
Two of the most dynamic and dangerous female fighters. Joanna and Claudia go head to head in a tightly contested match-up. This is the fight where Joanna beat Claudia via a controversial split decision and earned an opportunity to fight for the UFC Womens Strawweight title. It was this fight that opened up the path for Joanna’s success we see today.
Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha are set to fight again at The Ultimate Fighter season 23 finale on 8 July 2016. The result of their first meeting was so controversial that it’s best for fight fans to watch and determine for themselves.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Valerie Letourneau, UFC 193, 15 November 2015
Fight fans around the world have come to love and adore Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Not just for her straight talk and her no-bullshit personality. We love her for her aggressive, focused, and unforgiving style in the ring. A true product of hard training and single minded devotion to her craft.
Valerie Letourneau valiantly entered the ring against this menacing Muay Thai fighter and the result was a very competitive fight. Joanna’s aggression and discipline shone through while Valerie proved her tough and unbreaking will.
Carla Esparza vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 185, March 2015
I have to admit, I was one of the doubters. I did not believe. I thought that Carla Esparza was one was going to establish a strong take down game and implement a lay and pray strategy to win.
Why didn’t I listen to the fact that Joanna Jedrzejczyk is a 6 time Muay Thai world champion? Why didn’t I listen to the history, where world class strikers have taken out college wrestlers. Why didn’t I listen to Joanna!
Self pity, self imposed guilt, and self deprecation aside. Carla Esparza vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC Straw-weight Championships was an awesomely violent fight.
Since the announcement of her fight against Carla Esparza, I’ve been interested in finding out just who Joanna Jedrzejczyk is and why she deserves a shot at the womens Strawweight Title.
On the 12th of December 2014, Carla Esparza officially captured the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship Title by defeating Rose Namajunas in the finale of Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. She will be defending her title for the first time against Women’s Strawweight standout Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
The more and more I read and watch about Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the more I become excited for this fight. I am always a sucker for awesome Muay Thai fighters in MMA and Joanna Jedrzejczyk is no exception. She started her fighting career in Muay Thai and is a WKN World Champion, J Girls Champion, WBKF Champion, WKF European Champion and the WMC Champion. In her amateur career, she was the 5-time IFMA Muay Thai amateur world champion and the 4-time IFMA Muay Thai European Champion.
Her perfect and deadly striking technique is on full display in the MMA cage especially in her most recent fights against Rosi Sexton, Julianna Lima and even her fight against Claudia Gadelha (full fight videos below).