Thursday, February 23, 2017

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade to co-main event May 13 UFC show

After all kinds of rumours, it was announced on a Facebook chat today that Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her UFC Strawweight Championship against Jessica Andrade on UFC 211 May 13 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. I think this will be Joanna's most difficult title defense partially because they know each other so well. And that's why Joanna moved to American Top Team last year. She knew Jessica was going to get a title shot. Back when Jessica was a Bantamweight, these two trained together and they even had the same manager. Not anymore. Jessica has gone 3-0 as a Strawweight in a dominant fashion. And in her last title defense against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, I thought Joanna won easily but she was too conservative. That's not going to cut it against Jessica. Jessica may punch as hard as Joanna. And she also has a strong ground game and the guillotine is her favourite finisher. Joanna's takedown defense could be the key to this match. If Joanna can stuff Jessica's takedowns, she may be able to tire Jessica out with elbows and knees in the clinch. Remember Jessica has never gone five rounds. But Jessica is also a great striker and that's something Joanna has to watch out for. Either way, I expect match of the year fireworks. This fight will be a war.

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