UFC 185 Results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Destroys Carla Esparza in Strawweight Title Fight

March 15, 2015
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During UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos fight week in Dallas, Polish women’s strawweight contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk was extremely confident that she’d take Carla Esparza’s 115-pound title.

Esparza made history by becoming the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion when she won The Ultimate Fighter 20, but her title reign was short lived.

Esparza, an accomplished wrestler, wasted little time trying to get the former multiple-time Muay Thai world champion to the ground. But Jedrzejczyk proved to be difficult to get down. Esparza secured a takedown, but Jedrzejczyk quickly worked her way back to her feet.

Esparza continued to try to get the fight to the ground, but was unsuccessful. In the closing moments of the opening round, Jedrzejczyk began landing punches regularly. Heading into the second frame, the momentum was heavily in Jedrzejczyk’s favor.

Esparza desperately tried to get her wrestling game working, but couldn’t break through Jedrzejczyk’s takedown defense. On their feet, the fight was one-sided. Jedrzejczyk established her jab. She landed elbows on the inside and set up hard right hands. Esparza showed her toughness by absorbing heavy shots, but at the 4:17 mark of the second frame, the referee had seen enough. Jedrzejczyk had Esparza against the cage unloading cleans shots.

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After the stoppage, Jedrzejczyk collapsed to the canvas in emotion.

“I can’t believe (it). I was working so hard. I said that I was going to do it and I did it,” said the 27-year-old new strawweight champion. “When I’m on diet, when I’m preparing, everyday I’m 100-percent. That’s why I’m here.”

With her new belt in hand, Jedrzejczyk predicted that she’d hold the title for a long time.

“No one believed in my grappling and wrestling. I say I’m in the UFC, the best promotion in the world and I am a complete MMA fighter. Nobody is going to take this belt from me,” she said.

Esparza took the loss like a true champion does and made no excuses.

“I can’t take anything away from her. She had an amazing fight tonight,” said the former titleholder after the loss. “I didn’t feel myself, but there’s no excuses when it comes down to a fight. Only one person comes out with the win. She did a great job. She had great takedown defense, obviously. I feel like I wasn’t really setting it up, but that’s on me.”

“I’m not going to say anything affected my performance,” she said when asked about the pressure leading up to the fight. “There’s always things that go on in your life going into a fight: injuires, personal things. There’s never any excuses. I fought my fight and I lost tonight. She did a great job.”

Jedrzejczyk made history by becoming the first Polish fighter to win a UFC title. She extended her undefeated record to nine consecutive wins.

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  • Greg


    • snapdad

      I wonder what plans dana WHITE has for matt BROWN? maybe bobby GREEN will move up and fight him.

  • TheCerealKiller

    I watched the whole fight and it was embarrassing. That was your champ?

    • Greg

      glad she beat the cocky Mexican

      • TheCerealKiller

        Why all the racist comments?

        • A Priori

          Maybe they’re trying to be funny?

        • Greg

          not RACIST, Cain Valasquez has BROWN PRIDE on his chest, I don’t buy the RACE card only applies to whites

          • TheCerealKiller

            There is nothing wrong with pride, but you’re comments are all about race.

          • Greg

            so a WHITE MAN can have WHITE PRIDE on his chest in the UFC

          • TheCerealKiller

            And typing capitals does not make your point any stronger.

          • Greg

            good to hear, Glad Joanna the POLISH WOMEN WON

          • james j


          • snapdad

            but it worked so well for mmalive.

      • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

        At least now the UFC has a 115 lb womens champ that they can actually promote and get behind as in one that doesn’t whine nonstop


  • uncle

    Joanna just made women’s strawweight relevant.

  • clark griswald

    she destroyed Carla, something I never thought I would see. Joanna is THAT good!!!

  • Guest

    it was like watching a female cain defeating female brock is a very boring fight with takedown after takedown attempts

  • james j

    Does this mean we no longer hear Carla complain about getting lack of attention.

  • snapdad

    i was not looking forward to this fight, I thought it would be boring. ended up being the most exciting fight of the night imo.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Jedi is the women’s Iceman, excellent striking and takedown defence.

      • Roganism

        Lol. She is nothing like Chuck. She is a much more technical striker than him.

  • Good Ol JR


  • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    OMG that was a horrific beat down. Too bad Esparza’s corner didn’t do the right thing and throw in the towel. That’s what all Guyborg’s fights looked like when she was juiced to the gills fighting much much smaller natural ( REAL ) girls. At least Joanna is just an awesome trained striker and not a juiced up monster like Guyborg who uses (ITS) massive ROID strength to hammer on girls