Despite owning UFC strawweight belt, superstardom eludes Jedrzejczyk

Guilherme Cruz MMA Fighting

Guilherme Cruz MMA Fighting

No, the best female fight in UFC history is an artist whose medium is pain and whose name is comically hard to say.

In my fight I felt like I hesitated when my corner called for step-through knees and outside elbows, but when I finally threw them they worked and I was able to cut her on both cheeks before the final bell.

Commit to her as one of the cornerstones of the company going forward, especially given that she's made her interest in pursuing the flyweight title abundantly clear should that division be added to the UFC later this year as expected. That's where I signed my UFC contract. Also, Joanna being bigger and longer than me - it's going to be a lot harder for Andrade to pressure her to the fence where it's easier to score points from flurries and takedowns.

"A year ago, I said that I wanted to be a champion in two different divisions and people were like, 'Oh, Joanna is going a little bit insane, ' because I was talking about [125 pounds]", Jedrzejczyk said during last week's UFC 211 media day.

"She already gave me several gifts", Andrade said a UFC 211 media lunch in.

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"The worst was when I fought Joanna [Jedrzejczyk], and you can talk to "Bigfoot" and talk to Mark Hunt, because I was sitting between them [in the sauna]".

Two years, two months and 56 days later, Jedrzejczyk is on her way back to American Airlines Center as the reigning, defending, undisputed strawweight champion, in search of her fifth consecutive successful title defence as she takes on Jessica Andrade in the co-main event of UFC 211 this weekend.

When it comes to her potential to one day retire as the G.O.A.T., one could make the case that Jedrzejczyk has already defeated better competition than Rousey, who ran off an nearly mythical two-plus year stretch of dominant finishes before Holly Holm shockingly exposed her as one-dimensional in November 2015. "We noticed that she didn't do as well with other people that [wouldn't] back away from her".

The sport has seen many great champions step into the Octagon. Whatever the Octagon or place we are, I'll be well prepared.

"If they want me to fight DJ after this fight, I'm down", he said.

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The champion once bought Andrade a pair of MMA gloves and now Andrade is using them as she trains for her upcoming title bout. I just need to short the distance and then her speed and strength will disappear.

She was a -900 favorite against Jessica Penne, -2200 against Valerie Letourneau, -145 against Claudia Gadelha and -450 against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Andrade is 16-5-0 in her MMA career and is one a four-match winning streak. Jessica is a very risky opponent. But while she certainly respects what Andrade brings to the fight, Jedrzejczyk also learned a few things about her from sparring. She dropped from 135 and is very strong in the strawweight division.

This presents a perhaps even more tantalizing opportunity for Jedrzejczyk. Andrade has a good chance of tiring Joanna out in this fight. (She said) that she couldn't tell by looking, but when she trained with me, she saw I really was very strong. It's time to be serious and I like to show the limits of people.

Despite the fact that her fighting future remains unclear, Rousey is a role model and ground-breaker, but with the record in sight Jedrzejczyk wants to - in her own words - "become an idol for herself".

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