Joanna Jedrzejczyk is going to be defending the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title against Jessica Andrade in the co-main event of UFC 211.
The champion is confident that no matter where the fight ends up, the finish will come her way.
“I know Jessica for a while,” Jedrzejczyk explained at a UFC 211 media lunch in. “We’ve been kind of friends. Friends may be a bit too much — we were colleagues. Is that a good word? We used to train together sometimes, we used to do some crazy things when I was at the fights when she fought or when I fought. We used to have good times, many good times. That I can submit her and I can knock her out. But the fight is different. It was in the past. Jessica is a very dangerous opponent. She drops from 125. She’s very strong in the strawweight division.”
Jedrzejczyk has already defended her championship four times, but has only gotten the finish in one of those defenses.
There has been a lot of trash talk between the two fighters as they head into battle, but the champion prefers to do most of her talking inside of the Octagon.
“They always want to talk,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But I let my fists talk in the Octagon. Jessica didn’t face someone tough like me. I let her taste the power of my fist. That’s the thing.”
UFC 211 takes place on Saturday, May 13 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas with Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.