Joanna Jedrzejczyk continued the impressive introduction of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s new women’s strawweight division with a three-round thrashing of Juliana de Lima Carneiro at UFC on Fox 12.
Jedrzejczyk bounced back from a few takedowns early to really display her dominance in the striking department, blasting her Brazilian counterpart with shots that slowed Lima down.
With the victory in her UFC debut, Jedrzejczyk remains unbeaten in her pro career at 7-0.
The Polish fighter explained that Lima’s action’s at the weigh-ins on Friday pushed her to harm her opponent. She was not fazed by Lima missing the required mark of 115 pounds.
“Before, I was only fighting at 125 pounds and never had any desire to move down to 115 pounds. When the UFC called to offer me this opportunity, I knew I had to do it. The weight cut was much easier than I thought it would be, and I have really good people around me that helped,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I didn’t care that Lima didn’t make weight; I would fight her no matter what. She wasn’t nice at weigh-ins to me, and what’s funny is tonight she gets hit pretty hard in return.”
The future for Jedrzejczyk seems to be bright. With “The Ultimate Fighter 20” -- which revolves around strawweights -- currently being filmed, the 26 year old becomes an instant player in the title picture. A pairing with Claudia Gadelha could be an option as well.