With a flawless, 13-0 record, and four-straight title defenses to her name, UFC strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk has established herself as one of the most dominant champions in the promotion. As such, Brazil’s Jessica Andrade will have a serious task on her hands when she attempts to dethrone Jedrzejczyk in the co-main event of the stacked UFC 211 this May.
Apparently, however, Andrade has already developed a game plan for her upcoming fight with the champ, and that game plan hinges on one key factor: pressure. The talented Brazilian contender explained this strategy in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
“Joanna is very fast, very agile, and her gas tank is almost infinite,” Andrade said. “She’s a high-level athlete, and I’m looking forward to fighting her. But we know she has a weaker chin, and if you land hard and keep going with the same volume, you may win.”
“My difference to [Jedrzejczyk’s] other opponents is that they managed to get to her, but when they did they backed away, they didn’t advance, and that’s the good part of my game: I hit them, and I keep going forward. And the person can hit me, and I’ll keep going too. (The others) let her find her game. And I won’t. I’ll impose my own game and try to win the fight my way.”
Andrade then explained that she believes she has the power to put the champ away. This belief, she explained, is based on the fact that recent title challenger Claudia Gadelha was able to drop Jedrzejczyk with a jab.
“[Jedrzejczyk] was knocked down with a jab,” Andrade said mockingly. “Who gets knocked down with a jab?”
Do you think pressure will work for Jessica Andrade in the same way that it worked for Cain Velasquez against Junior Dos Santos? Sound off, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 3/7/2017.