Jedrzejczyk beats down Gadelha to keep UFC strawweight belt

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her UFC strawweight title with a punishing unanimous-decision victory over archrival Claudia Gadelha on Saturday night.

Jedrzejczyk (12-0) and Gadelha continued their long-running feud with a back-and-forth bout in the second meeting between the world’s top two 115-pound fighters.

Gadelha (13-2) largely controlled the first two rounds with takedowns and timely strikes, but Jedrzejczyk decisively rallied with her superior striking and remarkable conditioning.

Jedrzejczyk battered Gadelha with kicks, elbows and punches in the final three rounds, leaving her Brazilian opponent bloody and open-mouthed. Gadelha valiantly tried more takedowns, but Jedrzejczyk defended and kept throwing blows to the bell.
Two judges scored the bout 48-46 for Jedrzejczyk, and a third saw it 48-45. The Associated Press scored it 48-46 for Jedrzejczyk.