Karolina Kowalkiewicz: I Have No Intention Of Suing Conor McGregor

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The best female fighter in UFC history does not make cameos in movies. She does not bullrush her opponents, slam them to the ground and tear their arms off. She does not finish her fights in 14 seconds. No, the best female fight in UFC history is an artist whose medium is pain and whose name is comically difficult to say.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk — pronounced yurm-JAY-check — is the 13-0 UFC strawweight champion and she is set to defend her belt for the fifth time on Saturday night against #3 ranked Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk is taking on the Brazilian bomber not only because she’s worthy, but because the Pole has cleaned out the division. She dismantled top contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden back in November and won two classic wars with No. 2 Claudia Gadelha over 19 months.

Yet Jedrzejczyk is virtually unknown outside of MMA circles. That is no fault of her own. She has an incredibly fan-friendly style that lends itself to classic fights, she’s a master of pre-fight mind games, and she speaks English, unlike many of the UFC’s foreign-born stars. Her problem is one shared by many lighter UFC fighters: she doesn’t have knockout power. Instead, she has world-class Muay Thai skills which translate into nasty kicks, fast and precise fists, and short, pointy elbows.

When Jedrzejczyk gets into rhythm, she is truly a sight to behold. She looks like a video game character come to life, yet she is not unbeatable. She doesn’t have the overwhelming physicality of Ronda Rousey in her pomp nor is she so technically perfect that she laps her competition like pound-for-pound king Demetrius Johnson. Jedrzejczyk is vulnerable. She literally gets hit all the time, just like Conor McGregor, and she pumps her fist with a scream when she dominates a round. Meanwhile, when things go wrong she has the force of will to recover, rebound, and regain the upper hand.

Taken together, Jedrzejczyk’s skills and wide-open style almost guarantee drama. Yet like all great fighters she knows that there are more theatrics to be had, and taken advantage of, before the cage door closes.

“Staredowns are very important,” she recently told Fox Sports. “This is what Conor [McGregor] said, we can see inside the people. I like to look deep into my opponent’s eyes, I want to look into the soul, I want to see the fear.”

Amazingly, you can actually see the dread hit Jedrzejczyk’s opponents. Gadelha’s shoulders slumped, her feet became heavy, and her takedown attempts became predictable during their second fight. Kowalkiewicz was gunshy — much like Eddie Alvarez was at UFC 205 vs. McGregor — because she knew that Jedrzejczyk would beat her to the punch.

Jedrzejczyk fights Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205.Getty Images

Nobody in the strawweight division is going to top Jedrzejczyk’s hand speed, so the woman who beats her will have to take a punch to throw a punch. Andrade, Jedrzejczyk’s opponent on Saturday night, has everything she needs to be that woman. For starters, she started her career as a 135-pound bantamweight so she has to cut a lot to make the 115-pound limit. That means that she’ll undoubtedly be the bigger, harder-hitting woman when she steps in to face Jedrzejczyk.

Andrade also sits down on her punches, throws with real knock-out intent, and is a very good grappler and ground-and-pounder — which just so happen to be the champion’s weaknesses. Plus, unlike Gahdela, Andrade proved in her last fight against Angela Hill — which earned her a fight of the night bonus — that she has the gas tank to keep up with Jedrzejczyk.

Thus, an Andrade win wouldn’t be all that surprising. It also wouldn’t necessarily be bad for Jedrzejczyk in the long run. After all, McGregor only achieved mainstream fame after he lost to Nate Diaz.

Source : https://nypost.com/2017/05/11/how-joanna-jedrzejczyk-got-to-the-top-of-ufc-while-being-completely-vulnerable/

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