The UFC’s 115lb champion has been signed for what will be her second appearance in Madison Square Garden as she faces off against the highly-touted and unique threat that is ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas on November 4.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is well on her way towards establishing herself as the most dominant female mixed martial artist on the planet right now. Sure, Cris ‘Cyborg’ and Amanda Nunes have been taking out all-comers in their own respective divisions in recent times, but when Joanna fights, she presents a truly different type of problem to her opponents, one that is a testament to her years and years of high-level muay-thai training, skills that translated near-seamlessly into the world of mixed martial arts.
Her perfect 14-0 record might indicate a lack of any real challenge to some, but in her last few outings, Jedrzejczyk has been forced to overcome a number of pretty difficult tests, with a pair of showdowns with her heated rival Claudia Gadelha and her UFC 205 win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz sitting amongst her most gutsy performances.
Women’s strawweight, just like women’s bantamweight, is still in its early years as a division within the UFC but even now, with us just a few years removed from its inception, the pool of talent to be found at 115lbs is growing by the year.
Out of those deemed to be tipped as hot-prospects within the weight-class, there are perhaps none who are as highly-touted as the 25-year-old Rose Namajunas, who blasted her way through the former Invicta champ Michelle Waterson in her last fight to earn what will now be her second shot at UFC gold up until this point.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 12, 2017
Namajunas has shown a pretty diverse all-round game up until this point and despite the fact that the likes of Jessica Andrade, Kowalkiewicz and Gadelha offered Joanna a significant test during their fights, it could be argued that ‘Thug’ Rose will present the most tricky puzzle of them all for the Polish superstar to solve, especially when you consider the rapid improvements she has shown in every facet of her skill set from each fight to the next.
This women’s strawweight championship bout will join Michael Bisping’s attempt to retain his belt against the returning Georges St-Pierre as well as the first title defence of the men’s bantamweight kingpin Cody Garbrandt against TJ Dillashaw and is due to take place in Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 4.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena