Gustafsson Out; Strawweight Title Fight Now Headlines UFC Berlin

May 1, 2015
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Alexander Gustafsson has been forced out of his UFC Berlin headlining role, so the UFC has enlisted Joanna Jedrzejczyk to make the first defense of her strawweight (115-pound) championship.

Early Friday morning, UFC officials announced that Gustafsson suffered an injury that would keep him out of a planned five-round light heavyweight main event bout with Glover Teixeira. No details of Gustafsson’s injury or prospects for his return to the Octagon were available at that time.

The promotion immediately turned to its women’s strawweight champ Jedrzejczyk to save the day. She steps into the June 20 main event to put her belt on the line against Jessica Penne.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC 185 Post 750It marks the first time that a UFC title fight has headlined a European fight card, outside of the U.K.

Jedrzejczyk (9-0) is coming off of her title win over inaugural champion Carla Esparza. The Polish fighter dominated the bout with Esparza, eventually stopping her via TKO late in the second round at UFC 185 in March.

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Penne (10-2) is a former Invicta FC atomweight (105-pound) champion, who made her way to the UFC via the all-women strawweight season of The Ultimate Fighter.

She had been scheduled to fight Juliana Lima at UFC Fight Night 67 on May 30, but was pulled from that fight in order to make the new main event bout with Jedrzejczyk at UFC Fight Night 69.

Penne has one bout on her UFC resume, which was a split decision win over Randa Markos in a Fight of the Night winning effort at the TUF 20 Finale.

UFC Fight Night 69 takes place on June 20 at O2 World in Berlin.

As of the time of publication, there had been no word from UFC officials on what they planned to do with Teixeira.

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  • cheflacsto

    Cards falling apart, left and right.

    • Crackhead bone jones

      When have ufc events ever gone through smoothly? Never…. 99% of the time the events always get changed due to injuries. I for one glad gus is out of this match up.. he’ll end up losing a chance at the belt if he loses. We all know ufc is horrible at matchmaking. They play favorite also.. its all about money.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Did they re-book Bader yet? I’d watch the rematch!

  • shakejunt

    i guess penne really is the best option since most everyone else is coming off a loss. idk how she wins this fight, but it’ll be fun to watch. she has a good chin, decent striking, and good bjj.

    • SpiffyMcBang

      She either keeps up with JJ’s striking long enough to get her to the ground and find a submission- she’s tall enough for this to possibly work, at least compared to the reach advantage JJ had over Esparza- or she gets stomped. I don’t think it’s going to be an Esparza-level beatdown, because Penne’s pretty tough, but a third or fourth round stoppage for JJ seems like a good guess.

      • shakejunt

        yeah penne can take some shots, but joanna seems to be an outlier as far as power goes in that division. looking forward to finding out.

  • Timothy Malone

    Anyone else hate how sometimes the commentators mention UFC records in women’s MMA? If Joanna wins they will probably say “SHE NOW HAS THE RECORD FOR MOST TITLE DEFENSES IN STRAWWEIGHT HISTORY!”

  • Wow, once upon a time, cards used to be sold out,….I wonder how much money the UFC is losing over all this crappy cards.