Friday, September 04, 2015

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Valerie Letourneau added to Nov. 15 UFC show

At today's UFC Go Big press conference. UFC president Dana White announced that Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her UFC Strawweight Championship against Valerie Letourneau on UFC 193 Nov. 15 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. This will air in North America on Nov. 14. The original plan was for Claudia Gadelha to challenge Joanna on Jan. 2. When White moved Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm to UFC 193, he still wanted Joanna to be on the same show as Ronda to get the rub from Ronda. Claudia broke her finger in her last fight. There's no way she would be ready in Nov. And though Claudia whined in the media about not getting the title shot claiming she would be ready, White said during the press conference that he spoke to Claudia and she admitted that she wouldn't be ready for UFC 193. The biggest problem with Valerie is I don't know if she can make weight. She missed it at her last fight. Besides that, Valerie is mainly a kickboxer so Joanna won't need to defend takedowns. Joanna is younger, quicker and she punches harder. Joanna also has superior footwork and positioning. Valerie just isn't in Joanna's class. I'm sure it will be quite the spectacle in that huge stadium but I don't see this as a competitive fight.

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