Jessica Andrade was not intimidated by Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s near-invincible aura.
Andrade went straight after the undefeated UFC strawweight champion from the outset of their UFC 211 title fight on Saturday night.
And it still wasn’t anywhere near enough. The game Brazilian kept the champion honest with her toughness and agression, but it didn’t keep the 115-pound champion from retaining her title at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
Jedrzejczyk earned a unanimous decision in the evening’s co-feature bout on scores of 50-45, 50-44, and 50-45.
“No one is taking this belt from me,” the champion said. “No one. Nobody.”
With the victory, Jerdrezczyk (14-0), the second-longest reigning current UFC champion, successfully defended her belt for the fifth time. That puts the Olsztyn, Poland native one short of Ronda Rousey’s UFC women’s record of six.
Andrade announced her presence early by popping Jedrzejczyk hard with a left and a right. The former bantamweight also landed several takedowns, simply bulling her to the mat with brute force.
But Jedrzejcyzk, who has gotten off to slow starts more than once as champion, found her bearings after the close opening round and then settled into her usual groove. Jedrzejczyk used one of the game’s greatest jabs to set up the rest of her offense, using them to batter Andrade high and low with kicks.
When Andrade closed the distance, that turned out to be bad news, as well, as the champion landed some of the hardest shots of the fight in the pocket.
By the third round, the leg kicks took their toll, as Andrade noticeably slowed, leaving her an even more open target for the champion. While Andrade always seemed capable of landing a home run punch, and a knot on the champ’s forehead was a testament to the fact she was in a battle, the closing rounds seemed academic.
“Jessica is such a tough opponent,” Jedrzejczyk said. “She drops from 135 … she’s doing very well in 115, she’s tough.”
Andrade dropped to 16-6 after her first loss in four fights since dropping to strawweight.
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