Joanna Jedrzejczyk always had the ability to get in the head of her opponent. Rose Namajunas wouldn’t let her in, and in turn, she was able to end Jedrzejczyk’s reign at the top.
In a stunner, the stoic Namajunas knocked out Jedrzejczyk at 3:03 of the first round to claim the UFC strawweight title at UFC 217 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Namajunas maintained her composure from the start of fight week until the end of the bout to hand Jedrzejczyk her first professional loss.
“It feels like a movie right now,” Namajunas said.
After taking some time to gauge distance, Namajunas put Jedrzejczyk down with a big right hand and pounced, but Jedrzejczyk was able to recover.
Soon after, Namajuans landed a powerful left hook and followed with a right on the way to the ground. The underdog got on top and landed a series of ground strikes as Jedrzejczyk turned to her stomach. Jedrzejczyk tapped the canvas and referee John McCarthy called the fight, although it was officially ruled a knockout.
Dillashaw KOs Garbrandt
The long-awaited bout between ex-teammates Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw was as intense as expected, with Dillashaw taking the UFC bantamweight title by knockout at 2:41 of the second round.
Garbrandt thrived in the first, nearly finishing the fight in the closing seconds and making an obscene gesture to Dillashaw as he returned to his corner. As fans chanted expletives at Dillashaw in the second, the challenger scored a head-kick knockdown. Garbrandt recovered, but Dillashaw landed a right hook, finishing the fight with strikes on the ground.