UFC 205-Jedrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz

The all-Polish display of fisticuffs for the UFC women’s strawweight championship went exactly as most would probably expect: One day removed from the UFC first showing at Madison Square Garden, “Joanna Champion” Jędrzejczyk still reigns supreme.

After having Karolina Kowalkiewicz brought into the UFC to put their rivalry to bed and determine who is the Polish women’s MMA fighter, Jędrzejczyk, like in her heated bout with Claudia Gadelha, took the bout four rounds to one. The 27-2 former kickboxer remains undefeated at 13-0 in MMA (7-0 in the UFC.)

Jędrzejczyk used her range and distance perfectly, slipping. inside to catch the challenger with low leg kicks, point-fighting and taking the first round. Kowalkiewicz pops her with a right hand that her only real offense as she focused her effort in the first on clinching, putting her down early.

Kowalkiewicz tries to force the action in her favor but is again being chipped away at with an increasing volume of strikes. Jedrzejczyk caps the second round off with an elbow that lands as her opponent avoids a follow-up spinning backfist heading into the rest period.

The queen at 115 pounds repeats the backfist and connects early in the third. She tries to put an exclamation point on another elbow-based combination with a kick to the detriment of her adversary. Kowalkiewicz moves out of harm’s way, forcing the fight against the cage fence. Jędrzejczyk later initiates her own clinch, but it’s jabs that put her ahead 3-0.

The fourth round is really the only time the champion is in trouble after getting backed up after a short right-handed blast. Jędrzejczyk begins to falter but catches herself and recovers, delivering a head kick. Another right gives Kowalkiewicz the round but Jędrzejczyk answers with knees before they rest again.

Technique is less apparent around halfway through the fifth but Jędrzejczyk is back on track with her original game plan. Low kicks a handful of jabs and combinations put this one in the hands of the judges.

(C) Joanna Jędrzejczyk def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Kowalkiewicz has already asked for a rematch to take place in Poland.