When the conversation is brought up about who is the best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, most fight fans immediately reference names Cris Cyborg or Ronda Rousey. However, women’s Strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk — who will attempt to defend her title this weekend (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) at the expense of Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0) at UFC 205 — has an unblemished professional record (12-0). Indeed, “Joanna Champion” is often overlooked in this conversation. And it is mainly because she’ll lose a popularity contest in comparison to Rousey and Cyborg.
Jedrzejczyk doesn’t carry the same mystique as Rousey, who has reached “idol” status in the hearts and minds of many adoring fans. Rousey’s ruthless approach to the fight game features her catchy one-liners in interviews, her death stare when face-to-face with opponents, and — most important — her quick finishes inside the Octagon. This combination allows her to be an ambassador for strong women everywhere and the platform to become a crossover star. Even though “Rowdy” suffered her first UFC defeat last year and went into hiding for a while, she still remains the most popular fighter — male or female — in the sport. Rousey will return at UFC 207 to fight Amanda Nunes for the women’s Bantamweight title on Dec. 30, 2016.
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As for Cyborg, she’s not as popular as Rousey, but she has a unique reputation that makes her popular by default. The nickname “Cyborg” is intimidating in itself, but the beatings that she has dished out over the years has earned her the reputation as the most feared female fighter alive. Folks in MMA circles speak about Cyborg as if she is a ghost lurking in the shadows waiting to pulverize anyone in her path. ….View full article
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