Joanna Jedrzejczyk


Drops war to Weili Zhang
March 7, 2020
Jedrzejczyk came up just short in her quest to regain the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Weili Zhang via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 47-48) at UFC 248 in Las Vegas.
It was arguably the best women's mixed martial arts fight of all time and one that will talked about for years. Joanna was more than game and certainly had her moments but the judges appear to have gotten this one correct. Knowing full well she was giving up a ton of power in the striking game to Zhang, Joanna made a concerted effort to land with leg and body shots. For the most part, it worked. Joanna landed arguably the biggest shot of the fight -- a kick straight to Zhang's face -- but on the whole, she simply couldn't match her power. On the bright side, Jedrzejczyk's chin held up against a legitimate knockout artist and her cardio looked strong. Joanna was sporting a massive hematoma and likely a broken nose when all was said and done, but she continued to push forward to the end. Jedrzejczyk is a veteran at this point, but she legitimately raised her stock here despite the loss. It will be interesting to see what is next for Joanna. She was competitive enough on Saturday that booking an immediate rematch wouldn't be a crazy move but she's also 2-4 in her past six fights and that rarely leads to back-to-back title opportunities. Stay tuned.
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Looks to reclaim UFC gold
March 2, 2020
Jedrzejczyk is approximately a (+160) betting underdog for her UFC Strawweight Championship fight against Weili Zhang at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's a bit surprising to see Jedrzejczyk enter as an underdog given her dominant run as the original strawweight queen, but she's now 32 years old and has lost three of her last five fights, so it's not something completely out of left field. She'll also be facing a champion in Zhang that has started her UFC run on a four-fight winning streak, most recently knocking out Jessica Andrade in August to take the belt. In addition to the massive experience edge, Jedrzejczyk will enter with a two-inch advantage in both height and reach. With this fight likely to remain almost entirely on the feet, Jedrzejczyk will have to be near perfect defensively for a full 25 minutes, but if she can avoid the power shots from Zhang, the former champ has a more-than-reasonable chance of taking a 25-minute stand-up affair on the scorecards of the judges.
Strawweight title shot expected
December 2, 2019
Jedrzejczyk is set to fight for Weili Zhang's strawweight title at UFC 248 on March 17, Damon Martin of reports.
After falling to Valentina Shevchenko in a unanimous decision loss for the vacant flyweight championship, Jedrzejczyk returned to the strawweight division with a victory over Michelle Waterson. A former strawweight champion already, Jedrzejczyk will look to reclaim her place at the top of the division where she once defended the title five consecutive times. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jedrzejczyk enter as the betting favorite in this one, as she has height and reach advantages, plus has sustained her high-volume striking pace for a much larger sample size of fights.
Did not break foot
October 14, 2019
Jedrzejczyk confirmed she did not break her foot after visiting a doctor Monday, Damon Martin of reports.
Jedrzejczyk's foot was swollen after the second round of her fight against Michelle Waterson at UFC Tampa on Saturday and she thought that it was broken. However, she was able to continue fighting and defeat Waterson via unanimous decisioin. Although Jedrzejczyk's foot is still swollen and she will need time to recover, there will likely be a shorter recovery timeline associated with her injury than if it had been broken.
Hurts foot at UFC Tampa
October 13, 2019
Jedrzejczyk said she thought she broke her right foot during her bout with Michelle Waterson at UFC Tampa on Saturday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
Jedrzejczyk defeated Waterson via unanimous decision Saturday, but said she hurt her foot at the end of the second round. The foot was very swollen late in the fight, but Jedrzejczyk still landed 180 significant strikes during the bout, the third-best total in UFC women's strawweight history. The 32-year-old recorded her 10th victory as a UFC fighter and ended Waterson's three-fight winning streak. Jedrzejczyk should receive a more definitive diagnosis of her injury in the coming days.
Hammers Michelle Waterson
October 12, 2019
Jedrzejczyk defeated Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
As recently as 72 hours ago there were serious concerns that Joanna wouldn't be able to make weight and that this fight would be cancelled, but not only did she make weight, she destroyed Waterson. The total strike count was 226-71 in favor of the former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion and she fought with a physicality that the smaller Waterson simply could not match. Joanna hasn't looked like the same dominant force of late that she has in some of her earlier UFC bouts, but she rolled through Waterson without issue. Joanna probably doesn't deserve another title shot right away given the fact she is 2-3 in her last five fights dating back to November 2017, but the UFC doesn't always make the most logical decisions when it comes to booking championship bouts. To summarize, don't be surprised if Joanna is next in line for newly crowned champion Weili Zhang's first title defense.