This Saturday marks the fifth title defense for UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk(13-0). This time she faces former bantamweight contender now turned strawweight upstart Jessica Andrade(16-5). The Brazilian has looked more than impressive in the drop in division with three straight wins against high caliber opponents. While the champ holds all the cards, Jessica could prove to be a formidable challenge with her well rounded skills in the sport. Regardless of the outcome this should be one of the more exciting fights in the stacked UFC 211 card.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk can do no wrong. Since her first title challenge the champ has not looked back becoming one of the most dominating fighters in UFC history. She seems to be back to almost 100 percent healthy with the time off in between fights which could be a dangerous predicament for Andrade. We last saw JJ retaining her title back in November where she put on another dominate performance. Her will to succeed is so strong that many times she has the advantage before the cage doors are locked shut. We aren’t sure that will work on Jessica but the formula for the victory for Jedrzejczyk will be the same. Keep the distance, stave off the takedowns and unleash your artillery. She has the speed and range advantage over Jessica and even if she finds herself in the clinch we know the knees and elbows will be on display to separate them with heavy combos to follow. If she is to retain the belt the sooner the better as Jessica has the ability to take her into deep waters. It’s hard to pick against the champ as she constantly gives reasons why her reign will continue.
Jessica Andrade went from a beast in bantamweight to even bettering her output in the strawweight division. She’s finished 2 of her last three opponents tearing through the weight class. The ground is where Jessica holds the advantage on this fight even though she is more than capable on her feet. Against most strikers we would see no issue with her standing and trading but that’s not the case with the current champ. Cage control and her jiu jitsu will need to be on the highlest level as JJ continues to improve on her takedown defense. If it get’s there Jessica is tough to deal with on the mat with her great positional transitions and heavy top game. The biggest issue will be getting under the range of the strikes of Jedrzejczyk to get close enough to clinch. As mentioned earlier that also comes with possible consequences. We will be curious to see the game plan for Andrade as the seasoned vet takes on her toughest opponent to date.
This should be an exciting title bout for UFC 211. While many have the huge advantage weighed on the side of Jedrzejczyk , don’t be surprised with what Jessica can bring to the table. UFC 211 takes place this Saturday May 13th from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tx.