Jędrzejczyk upsets Esparza to win the UFC Strawweight Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mixed Martial Arts competitor Joanna Jędrzejczyk has made history. She is the first Polish-born champion within the UFC.

Jędrzejczyk defeated Carla Esparza to win the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship in the co-main event at UFC 185 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The fight was stopped at 4:17 in the second round.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk fights with Carla Esparza in the Women’s Strawweight bout during the UFC 185
Joanna Jedrzejczyk fights with Carla Esparza in the Women’s Strawweight bout during the UFC 185 (Getty Images)

The Olsztyn, Poland native won the bought by TKO (Punches)

This fight was the only knockout on the main card of UC 185. This was the third-time that the UFC has held an event in Dallas, Texas.

Jędrzejczyk is now 9-0 in her career with the win. She also received a Performance of the Night bonus.

When Jędrzejczyk won Performance of the Night, she was the only woman to do so. Rafael dos Anjos, Ross Pearson, and Beneil Dariush also received the bonus. All received $50,000 bonuses.

This was her first knockout in the UFC. However, it was her first knockout in nearly one year, as she knocked out Rosins Sexton at CWFC 69: Super Saturday in London, England on June 7, 2014.

“The Cookie Monster” fell to 10-3 with the loss. She lost the belt several months after defeating Rose Namajunas on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas to win the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship.

This was Esparza’s first loss since losing to Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 46 on June 25, 2011 in Hollywood, Florida.

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