UFC 185 results recap: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Carla Esparza

Before Saturday night, many fans and pundits would have happily admitted that Women's MMA end with Ronda Rousey. Now, following a remarkable display of…

By: Karim Zidan | 8 years ago
UFC 185 results recap: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Carla Esparza
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Before Saturday night, many fans and pundits would have happily admitted that Women’s MMA end with Ronda Rousey. Now, following a remarkable display of heart, determination, and an unbreakable will to win, Polish star Joanna Jedrzejczyk may have changed their minds entirely.

The 9-0 fighter, who now wants to be referred to as “Joanna Champion” produced one of the most memorable title fights in WMMA since they were incorporated into the UFC. She outclassed one of the division’s finest competitors, and proved that Polish fighters are a force to reckon with.

Official result: Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Carla Esparza via TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 4:17)

What was the high point of the fight?

The low points in this fight were few and far between. Once it became clear that Joanna’s takedown defense was simply too solid for Esparza, the tide turned immediately, and fans witnessed the true form of the Polish star. She mixed up her boxing, peppered the champ with damaging blows, and dominated the encounter before finishing it off in under ten minutes.

Where do these two go from here?

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has the potential to reign over the division for the foreseeable future, all while putting on riveting match-ups against the likes of Joanna Calderwood. There are several options for strawweight title fights that would leave the average fan salivating for more.

Carla Esparza, however, will be faced with the difficult task of rebuilding herself following that devastating loss. She is undoubetedly one of the top competitors in the division, and will still top a large portion of the strawweight roster based purely on her wrestling. Nevertheless, Esparza will have to work on her cardio if she is to seal the gap in her armour.

Watch now, later, or never?

Watch this fight immediately. It is not everyday that you get to witness the crowning of a European UFC champion. In fact, it is just the third time in the promotion’s

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Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan

Karim Zidan is a investigative reporter and feature writer focusing on the intersection of sports and politics. He has written for BloodyElbow since 2014 and has served as an associate editor since 2016. He also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian. Karim has been invited to speak about his work at numerous universities, including Princeton, and was a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and the Oslo Freedom Forum. He also participated in the United Nations counter-terrorism conference in 2021. His reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov’s involvement in MMA, much of which was done for Bloody Elbow, has led to numerous award nominations, and was the basis of an award-winning HBO Real Sports documentary.

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