Joanna Jedrzejczyk maintained her flawless record at UFC 211 on Saturday in Dallas, putting on a master class against No. 3 ranked strawweight Jessica Andrade.
Although Jedrzejczyk out-landed Andrade, 40-15, in strikes according to FightMetric over the first five minutes of the bout, one of those 15 strikes landed flush and put a huge welt over the right eye of the champion. Andrade would play everything she could whenever she had the chance, and would do well in pretty much everything. The Brazilian tried to come back with big lefts and rights to return fire, but she came up short nearly every time as the reach from the champion started to become a big problem.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk undoubtedly heard how Jessica Andrade was supposed to be the toughest test of her championship reign.
Andrade had moments where she would connect with a solid power shot, but she was never able to hurt Jedrzejczyk enough that she could capitalize.
Jedrzejczyk settled in as the fight wore on and picked her Brazilian challenger apart at will with snapping head kicks and jab combos.
After the fight, Andrade (16-6) proposed inside the cage to her girlfriend Fernanda. Andrade, however, quickly regained her footing.
When the fight was over, Jedrzejczyk retained her championship for the fifth consecutive time, pitching a shutout with 50-45, 50-44, 50-45 scorecards from the judges.
"There is only one strawweight champion of the world, Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland".
Jedrzejczyk could've been mistaken for a matador teasing a bull for the way she was forcing Andrade to leap in with reckless abandon and moving out of danger easily.
With a weight class now just 10 pounds up for the Jedrzejczyk, the reality of being a two-division champion isn't far-fetched.
The UFC has announced it will add a flyweight division, and Jedrzejczyk will probably move to that division sometime next year to chase a second belt.
"I said I would defend this title and no one would take it", Jedrzejczyk said.
If she doesn't tie and then break that mark, it will be the result of one of the most significant upsets in UFC history.