Sunday, June 21, 2015
Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Penne
Here's the match video of Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her UFC Strawweight Championship vs Jessica Penne from last night's UFC show in Berlin, Germany. This aired on UFC Fight Pass so I know plenty of fans didn't see it. I watched it on my HD TV using Roku. Of course I have to warn you that if you don't like the sight of blood, don't watch this fight. The main event of this show was supposed to be Alexander Gustafsson vs Glover Teixeira. When Gustafsson got hurt, Jessica was pulled off the May 30 Brazil show to challenge Joanna for the title. Jessica is a good fighter and a former Invicta Atomweight Champion. But I think she's too similar to Carla Esparza so I didn't see Jessica having any more success trying to take Joanna down. Jessica recently moved to Alliance MMA in San Diego after Mark Munoz retired and closed Reign MMA. She said before the fight that Joanna is a one dimensional fighter. That's a mistake because Joanna uses other skills to direct the fight to her strength which of course is striking. So we all knew that Jessica would try to take Joanna down. But like Carla, she attempted several takedowns and couldn't take Joanna down. Joanna took her time and scored a knockdown towards the end of round one. I scored round one 10-9 for Joanna. Joanna took control of the fight about two minutes into round two first with a front kick right in the mush followed by a short elbow that seemed to break Jessica's nose. The kicks we hadn't seen from Joanna in her previous fights. She stalked Jessica for the rest of the round and I scored round two 10-8 for Joanna. Some fans felt that the fight should have been stopped either by ref Marc Goddard or by Jessica's coach Eric Del Fierro. Keep in mind that the standard for a stoppage is more lenient in a title fight. Though she was getting clobbered, I thought Jessica was still defending herself. In round three, Joanna took her time hammering Jessica. Afterwards she said her corner told her to slow down and take her time. I think that was very good advice. Jessica even tried one final unsuccessful takedown. But with about a minute left in round three, Joanna scored with an overhand right followed by a knee to the head. That was it. Goddard stopped the fight. Congratulations to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She gave another clinic in efficient striking technique. He next challenger will be the winner of Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Aguilar on Aug. 1 UFC show in Brazil. Of course many thought Claudia won over Joanna last December. But remember as Joanna gains more confidence as a champ, it will get tougher to beat her. She's improving with every fight. I expect we will see that title defense by the end of the year. Joanna is already the leader as the Big Bad Blog Fighter of the Year. All she needs is one more title defense to put the cherry on that sundae. Enjoy the video!