If you’re not sure about how to enunciate her name – she’s perfectly fine with you calling her Joanna Champion. Some men, women and children even call her by her birth name, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, it’s really not that hard if you practice a little. Some folks out there even call her Joanna Violence – and rightfully so. For the sake of this article – we’ll just go ahead and call her Lady Violence 2015.
Jedrzejczyk earned herself a title shot in late 2014 by defeating a girl who many folks, including myself, believed would fight for a world title in early 2015 in Brazil’s Claudia Gadelha. Not only would Jedrzejczyk hand Gadelha her first career loss, she’d just go right ahead and beat her top rival Carla Esparza to become the 2nd strawweight champion in UFC history. It wasn’t even close.
Jedrzejczyk made the girl who cleaned out the TUF 20 house look silly in Dallas in the co-main event of UFC 185. Esparza played the role of the desperate champion, hitting just 1 of her 17 takedown attempts, forcing her to absorb an exorbitant amount of one way traffic to the head. We haven’t seen Esparza since.
“Jedrzejczyk is anything but clean. She steals girls’ souls inside the octagon, and does so with the calculated precision that only a world champion kickboxer is capable of. While Ronda shows up on red carpet premiers and magazine covers, JJ is the Polish sneaker-head who just wants to listen to gangster rap and punch girls all day.” – Sam Mendoza
After defeating Esparza to become the first Polish champion in UFC history, Jedrzejczyk would not only go on to successfully defend her strap twice in 2015, she’d finish the year as the only champion to win 3 title fights. Her first title defense, which came against Jessica Penne, a former Invicta FC champion and Lady Violence award winner, was arguably the most vulgar display of power of the year.
Joanna Violence would close out the year in front of a record breaking crowd at UFC 193 by setting multiple records (most leg kicks in UFC history and most significant strikes in a UFC title fight) against Valérie Létourneau, cementing herself as one of the most dangerous champions in the UFC today. Her fighting style is incredibly exciting to watch, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her.
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