Jessica Andrade threatened Joanna Jedrzejczyk with some heavy punches early on at UFC 211, Saturday, but once the strawweight champ got her timing down, it was pretty much, smooth sailing.
Andrade's flurries from the first frame started to miss more regularly as she continued to chase Jedrzejczyk, and the champion simply circled away and peppered her with shots from the outside. The fight with Andrade marked the first time Jedrzejczyk has done her full preparation at ATT, as she was only able to partially train there for her fight with Karolina Kowalkiewicz back in November.
Having gone the full five rounds in her previous three bouts, Jedrzejczyk was asked if it will be an advantage to her considering that Andrade has never had to fight for an extra 10 minutes before. "She drops from 135 and she has some unbelievable fights at 115", Jedrzejczyk said.
In yet another clinical outpointing of a top contender, Jedrzejczyk, 29, made the fifth defense of her strawweight title, moving her within one of tying Ronda Rousey's record for UFC title defenses by a female fighter.
Andrade's strength was also evident early on as she picked up and slammed the champion to the mat.
In her time in the UFC, the champion has shown little in the way of weaknesses in the cage.
"I always told my mom that one day I would be very, very rich", Andrade said at a UFC 211 media lunch in. Whenever that happens, she tries to get out of it. Jedrzejczyk stands up and lands a nice elbow and some knees.
Nevertheless, Jedrzejczyk worked her way back to the feet, where she began attacking with hard strikes in the clinch. A front kick to the chest lands for Joanna now, and she continues to move and evade the power of Andrade.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk has had a very dominant reign in the UFC. "I think she was the right person to be a challenger".
It was more of the same in the championship rounds, as Andrade chased Jedrzejczyk, who basically treated her opponent's head like a speed bag. The MMA fighter is determined to retire undefeated, but not until she breaks Rousey's six-match streak with a victory over Rose Namajunas later this year.
But the end of the story was much the same as they've all been for Joanna Champion: 50-45 across the board.