Joanna Jedrzejczyk, also called Joanna Champion, is one of those few fighters with pure Muay Thai background who achieved a great success in the UFC. Don't get me wrong, I know that most of the UFC fighters implements Thai Boxing techniques into their game, but what I really meant is that it is very refreshing to see someone competing in the octagon using a Muay Thai stance and a more traditional striking.
She is a current strawweight champion and she manages to combine a spectacular stand-up striking with a good submission defense. A lot of fighters that are good at striking are not very capable when it comes to ground work. She seems to take a smart approach by choosing where she wants to fight. She simply devastates her opponents with a diverse combination of powerful strikes while not letting herself to get stuck on the ground at the same time. Most of her bouts are very spectacular and just a pleasure to watch. She is a natural born fighter.
The first fight was dominated by a current champion - Joanna - who simply destroyed her opponent with a combination of powerful blows. The bout has ended by TKO with punches and knee to the head and Penne's face looked like a bloody mess after the fight. You can see how much power she puts behind her strikes and she is really punching way above her weight class! Her second title defense against Valerie Letourneau has ended with the unanimous decision and the current champ has dominated most of the fight. She is a very aggressive fighter and on top of that she is very fast, much faster than most of her opponents. She has got a great kickboxing record of 27 wins and only 2 losses and a perfect mixed martial arts record of 12 wins and 0 losses and no draws.
I saw some great Thai and kickboxers before that struggled when they had to face a former wrestler or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter in the cage. This seems to be not a case with Jedrzejczyk. She has shown a very good submission defense and she managed to control the fight from the beginning to the end by TKO in round 3. They say that you are not a champion unless you defend your belt at least once.
Well, Joanna did this in a very good style and she has sent a very loud message to the future contenders. Especially to Claudia Gadelha who plans to fight against her again - she lost her first fight to JJ by a split decision.
I cannot wait to see the Champ in action again, and I'm counting for the next fight to end by the KO. JJ is definitely one of the most exciting UFC fighters around and her Muay Thai skills make her the most powerful striker in the UFC women division.