The 115-pound women’s title fight headlines UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin, and the Polish champion didn’t disappoint the European crowd at O2 World.
She stalked the challenger throughout the contest, proving to be the faster fighter in the exchanges. She knocked Penne down with a short elbow in the opening round and delivered kicks to the legs of the downed fighter before letting her back to her feet.
Jędrzejczyk delivered an elbow on the inside during the second frame that hurt Penne and left a gash on the bridge of her nose. Penne desperately tried to get the fight to the ground, but was unable to control the champion. After the second round, Penne was bloodied and beaten.
The end came as the third frame neared its conclusion. Jędrzejczyk continued to land combinations. The referee urged Penne to defend herself, but Jędrzejczyk kept the pressure on. After a flurry of punches hit their mark, Penne tried to cover up along the cage, but the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight.
“I said it’s gonna be a war. Who’s next?” Jędrzejczyk asked as she climbed the cage in celebration.
The 27-year-old rising star extended her unbeaten streak to ten fights and plans to remain champion for a long time to come. And after Saturday’s performance, that looks likely.
“I’m going to be a champion for a while. Nobody’s going to take this belt,” she said during the post-fight interview.
When asked if there’s anyone in the division that she has her eye on, Jędrzejczyk responded, “Are they ready for me?”
“Everyone was talking about her judo, jiu-jitsu. I fought with (Claudia) Gadelha. She’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu. I fought with Carla Esparza. She’s supposed to be like the greatest one in the strawweight division. Nobody going to take this belt from me!”