For the second straight time inside the Octagon, Joanna Jedrzejczyk picked apart someone many felt was the best in the world at one time.
Jedrzejczyk earned a third round TKO victory over Jessica Penne Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 69, defending her strawweight title in the process.
This past March, Jedrzejczyk (10-0) stopped Carla Esparza in the second round to win the title. She is a perfect 4-0 since signing with the UFC last year, including wins over Claudia Gadelha and Juliana Lima.
“Nobody is gonna take this belt from me,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I said it would be a war and it was a war.”
Jedrzejczyk bloodied Penne, a former Invicta FC atomweight champion and competitor on Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, in the second round with a nasty front-kick. She continued to apply pressure, almost getting the finish before Penne survived to extend the fight.
Once the third opened, it was all Jedrzejczyk, as she systematically picked her apart before catching Penne against the fence.
When asked who might give her a challenge, the brash and bold champion had a perfect answer for Dan Hardy.
“Are they ready for me? No,” she said, “cause I’m coming and hell’s coming with me.”
Jedrzejczyk stated she planned to take time off after fighting for the fourth time since July of last year. Prior to that, she had competed just six times over a two-year stretch.
If the face of Penne didn’t tell the story, the stats did. Jedrzejczyk landed 190 of 275 strikes, including 183 significant ones. She also stuffed eight of the challenger’s takedown attempts, as Penne was only 28-for-100 with her offense.