In the UFC’s newest division, the women’s strawweight (115-pounds) division, reigning champion Joanna Jedrzeczyk has already begun to rise to prominence.
After winning a somewhat controversial split-decision over Claudia Gadelha last December, the Polish striker was awarded a title shot, and her devastating skill set would soon come to light.
Jedrzeczk was booked to fight then champion Carla Esparza at last March’s UFC 185 from Dallas, Texas. Esparza was highly regarded as the best wrestler in the division, and many had her as the favorite going into the bout. Many also ended up being wrong in prediction, as “Joanna Champion” stuffed takedown after takedown while brutalizing Esparza on the feet to become the new boss at 115-pounds.
She would then attempt to defend her title last June in Germany against highly-touted contender and experienced grappler Jessica Penne. Once again showing strong takedown defense, Jedrzeczyk would throw everything but the kitchen sink at Penne, absolutely battering the challenger until the referee finally stepped in during the third round.
It’s clear that Jedrzeczyk has what it takes to do extremely special things inside of the Octagon. However, she also has the personality and mic skills to become a super star.
Now set to defend her title for the second time against Valerie Letourneau at this Saturday’s (November 14, 2015) UFC 193, let’s take a look at why Jedrzeczyk may be an ever bigger star after this weekend: