Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight killers Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade will collide this Saturday (May 13, 2017) at UFC 211 inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Jedrzejczyk has largely been untouchable in her title reign, but we said that not so long ago against another undefeated female champion. Against perhaps her most dangerous challenger yet — in terms of finishing ability, not just the generic soundbite that shows up far more often than is justified — Jedrzejczyk will look to dominate. Andrade was a bruiser at 135 pounds, physically overwhelming talented fighters despite her size disadvantage. At Strawweight, she’s thus far proven to be unstoppable, battering anyone in her way.
Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both women:
Key Wins: Claudia Gadelha (TUF 23 Finale, UFC on FOX 13), Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UFC 203), Carla Esparza (UFC 185), Valerie Letourneau (UFC 193)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Jedrzejczyk is the queen of volume. Her Muay Thai is great, technical and varied, but above all else, her ability to push out a simply absurd number of strikes without relenting in the slightest is incredible.
She may occasionally get hit or be taken down, but when a fighter like “Joanna Champion” just doesn’t ever stop, it’s an incredibly difficult thing to deal with. In this bout, Jedrzejczyk’s focus should be on a pair of factors. First and foremost, Jedrzejczyk needs to earn her opponent’s respect. Andrade has been willing to eat a shot to push forward, so Jedrzejczyk needs to make her eat three and then pivot around Andrade’s charge.
The related factor is body work. So far, Andrade’s cardio has held up well at 115 pounds, but it was a problem in the past. Even if it isn’t any longer, she has little chance to match Jedrzejczyk’s volume … and body shots will only further that gap. Once Jedrzejczyk has a little room to pull ahead, she tends to sprint forward.
Key Wins: Joanne Calderwood (UFC 205), Angela Hill (UFC Fight Night 104), Jessica Penne (UFC 199), Raquel Pennington (UFC 171)
Key Losses: Raquel Pennington (UFC 191), Marion Reneau (UFC Fight Night 61)
Keys to Victory: Andrade has been compared to John Lineker quite a bit recently, and it’s not an unfair comparison. Andrade pressures with wide hooks and long combinations, packing surprising power for her size and digging to the body often. Unlike Lineker, however, Andrade is also dangerous on the mat, capable of hulk-smashing her foe to the mat and then strangling her.
Just ask “JoJo” Calderwood.
In this bout, intelligent pressure is the name of the game. Andrade has to move past Jedrzejczyk’s range of jabs and kicks, where Andrade will not be particularly effective. However, if she just charges forward, Jedrzejczyk is really damn good at pivoting around her opponent and then punishing with counters.
As is often the case for the pressuring fighter, body shots will be key. Andrade’s wide hooks to the mid-section will land far more often than any punch aimed high, and they’ll do a fair job of pinning Jedrzejczyk in place as well. If Andrade is able to get her hands on Jedrzejczyk consistently, everything opens up for her. She’s powerful enough to rock the champion, and being at that range will keep her option to shoot open as well.
Bottom Line: I’m not entirely sure how many women have an actual shot opposite Jedrzejczyk, but Andrade is one of them.
For Jedrzejczyk, it’s a chance to demoralize her division even further by snuffing out one of the few threats to her strap. Jedrzejczyk has stated that she intends to clear out her division and then retire, and she’s reasonably close to that goal already. New challengers will always emerge, but Jedrzejczyk has just about stamped out the current ones. Meanwhile, a loss would be fascinating. Jedrzejczyk might receive an immediate rematch. She could fall apart, or return to the warpath with renewed violence. No one really knows.
This is a big moment for Andrade and likely not her last. It’s easy to forget that the Brazilian is just 25 years old and has a long career ahead of her. With a win, Andrade gives herself a fair shot of taking Jedrzejczyk’s place as a dominant champion, and obviously handing Joanna “Champion” her first loss would be a huge accomplishment. If not, Andrade has found her home division, and there’s a fair shot that she’ll fight for the title again in the future.
At UFC 211, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade will face off with a UFC title on the line. Who will leave strapped with gold?
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