Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Likely to drop back down
StrawweightUFC
December 10, 2018
Jedrzejczyk told reporters after her UFC 231 loss to Valentina Shevchenko that she intends to move back down to strawweight, Steven Marrocco and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com report.
ANALYSIS
While Jedrzejczyk is likely to go down as one of the best female fighters of this generation, she's hit a bit of a rough patch in her career after losing three of the last four fights. This was her fourth loss to Shevchenko alone, if you count their younger years on the Muay Thai circuit. With the 125-pound belt seemingly now out of reach, Jedrzejczyk will return to the division that she reigned over for several years. While her weight cuts do appear much tougher there, she at least has a chance to eventually get back to the top, though she'll likely need multiple wins first. At just 31 years old, there is plenty of prime years left for her to achieve that goal.
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Comes up short in quest to regain UFC gold
StrawweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Jedrzejczyk came up short in her quest to regain UFC gold on Saturday, falling to Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 46-49) for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship at UFC 231 in Toronto.
ANALYSIS
Facing a woman who seems likely to control this division for a long time, Jedrzejczyk had virtually no chance of winning. She was giving up way too much size and upper-body strength and she was unable to create separation and land combinations. Joanna did get stronger as the fight progressed while Shevchenko faded, but the fight was over by then. Valentina is a bad match up for any female in the world at 125 pounds and this lopsided result was more the result of Shevchenko dominating as opposed to anything Jedrzejczyk did wrong. Joanna's next move is in question. She has lost twice to UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas and she wasn't competitive against Shevchenko. Jedrzejczyk finds herself at the crossroads of her career at age 31.
Gets back Shevchenko fight
StrawweightUFC
October 9, 2018
Jedrzejczyk will return to her original plan of facing Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight matchup at UFC 231 in Toronto, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The rug was pulled out from under Jedrzejczyk earlier this month when she lost a high-profile fight in favor of moving Shevchenko to a headline spot for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden. Dana White and UFC brass ultimately decided to go in a different direction for that main event, and will now reinstate the originally-planned fight on the Dec. 8 card. While Joanna may be a bit smaller in stature than Shevchenko, a former bantamweight, she has rolled through every opponent to date not named Rose Namajunas. After bouncing back with a win over Tecia Torres last July, she'll now set her sights on one of the few women in MMA that can match her pure striking capability. Joanna boasts a significantly larger striking volume than Shevchenko, but it's unclear if her power will carry over in the larger weight class. Shevchenko also brings a wrestling aspect to the cage that Jedrzejczyk hasn't seen since her May 2017 matchup against Jessica Andrade, where she was taken down twice. It should be a close matchup in terms of fantasy salaries and betting odds.
Needs new opponent for UFC 231
StrawweightUFC
October 2, 2018
Jedrzejczyk is in need of a new opponent for UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8, as Valentina Shevchenko has been moved to the UFC 230 main event, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what exactly cost Jedrzejczyk this prime opportunity, as she had been in line to face Shevchenko for the flyweight title in the new, female 125-pound division. With the UFC in need of a headliner for their Nov. 3 card at Madison Square Garden, the promotion has chosen to put these plans for Jedrzejczyk on hold. Instead, Shevchenko will now face SiJara Eubanks in the main event at UFC 230. What's next for Jedrzejczyk remains unclear at this point. She had long been regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound female fighters in the world, but was left to reinvent herself following back-to-back losses to current champion Rose Namajunas. The cut to strawweight had always been difficult for Joanna, so a move up to flyweight was the next logical step. She now must choose whether she wants to remain on the UFC 231 card, or step down and await the winner of the Shevchenko vs. Eubanks matchup. A return to strawweight seems unlikely in the immediate future, unless a situation where to occur that permitted her a third opportunity against Namajunas.
To fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 231
StrawweightUFC
September 20, 2018
Jedrzejczyk will fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 231 for the vacant women's flyweight belt in Toronto on Dec. 8, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN reports.
ANALYSIS
Jedrzejczyk is 15-2 overall as a professional, but has struggled recently, losing two of her past three bouts. Both losses came at the hands of Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk's most recent fight was a victory, however, as she defeated Tecia Torres via unanimous decision during UFC on Fox 30. Shevchenko (15-3) is 3-2 over her past five bouts, being defeated twice by Amanda Nunes. Most recently, Shevchenko defeated Priscila Cachoeira by submission (rear-naked Choke) late in Round 2.
Rebounds with easy decision win over Tecia Torres
StrawweightUFC
July 28, 2018
Jedrzejczyk defeated Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday in Calgary.
ANALYSIS
It was a clear cut victory for the former champion. Knowing that Torres was going to try to drag her to the mat, Joanna spent her entire camp working on her takedown defense and she ended up stuffing all 10 of Torres's attempts. On the feet, Joanna get back to her aggressive ways. She picked apart Torres with combinations and controlled positioning along the fence. Jedrzejczyk wins with volume and Saturday was no different. It was a strong effort from Joanna against a talented opponent.