Jessica Andrade Reveals How She'll Submit 'Skinny Neck' Jedrzejczyk

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"Watching the last fight, especially, we saw that Karolina [Kowalkiewicz] was a girl that didn't back away from Joanna when she was getting pressured, which was something new". It's not because I'm fighting her that she's my enemy, that I want to kill her.

Valerie Letourneau suffered a number of brutal weight cuts during her UFC run in order to cut down to the 115lb strawweight division, and in a new interview she details how she was on the brink of death prior to her UFC 193 title fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

After my fight against Andrade at #UFCHouston, I definitely feel like I was able to expose a few openings in her game, but I still think she has a good chance of scoring an upset this weekend. Also, Joanna being bigger and longer than me - it's going to be a lot harder for Andrade to pressure her to the fence where it's easier to score points from flurries and takedowns.

"It's just me, DC and Demetrious Johnson with our titles and it would be incredible to reach Ronda Rousey's record because I respect her so much". "But I'm happy that UFC did this move".

Still just 24 years old, Namajunas' recent second-round submission win over Michelle Waterson at UFC on Fox 24 appears to have her poised as the No. 1 contender in waiting. I don't care if I headline the fight or co-main event or if it's on the prelims. She has beaten Jessica Penne, Joanne Calderwood and Angela Hill in her last three fights.

Despite the fact that her fighting future remains unclear, Rousey is a role model and ground-breaker, but with the record in sight Jedrzejczyk wants to - in her own words - "become an idol for herself". Looking as dominant as she did in 2016, many of us were nearly left wondering who, if anybody, would be capable of providing the champ a hard night.

More important than the wins, though, is the skill-set she possesses.


It's a massive test for the champion, but she rolls her eyes at the assertion that it's the biggest test of her career. "I work better when I close the distance".

It's a symbolic milestone, but given that Rousey is still the mark by which greatness is judged in women's MMA, it would be meaningful for Jedrzejczyk to tie and perhaps pass her as the UFC's greatest female champion. "I like to challenge myself and do some new stuff in my life and explore new things".

She's saying the right things now, and if she really does keep improving, it's only a matter of time before it all comes together and Jedrzejczyk is the one headlining the UFC's biggest blockbuster cards. Joanna doesn't typically start kicking until her opponent is hurt but it's doubtful Andrade will give her enough to space to throw them anyway.

A little over two years ago, the Pettis brothers arrived in Dallas on top of the world. I was able to read her pressure and answer it with elbows, punches, and knees.

First, Sergio Pettis - the younger of the two - was knocked out cold by Ryan Benoit, while his brother Anthony Pettis would hand the UFC's lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos a couple hours later. Let's see if she can be better than me when it's just us.

Demetrious Johnson, one of the greatest of all time, was one.

"If they want me to fight DJ after this fight, I'm down", he said. She's focused. She's aware that it's going to be a tough fight, like I am, and she knows that I don't like trouble, I don't like taunting people.

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