Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her strawweight title and undefeated record defeating Claudia Gadelha in a five round fight of the night performance.
The polish superstar was out classed in the first two rounds as Gadelha dropped Jedrzejczyk with a beautiful jab and utilised her superior takedown and grappling skills to her advantage. The champ struggled early to find her range and stay on the feet however the third round became the major turning point in the fight as she started to find Gadhela’s chin.
As Gadelha’s energy waned, Jedrzejczyk’s intensity and aggression grew. By the fourth round Jedrzejczyk was landing combos galore and had Gadelha on the back foot for the first time.
The pace didn’t slow down in the fifth with Jedrzejczyk determined to make up for lost time, her striking pure art form as she hit the button over and over again. Jedrzejczyk finished up with a whopping 176 significant strikes, the sixth most in UFC history.
The TUF Finale Light Heavyweight winner, Andrew Sanchez, grinded his way to a decision victory over Khalil Rountree while Tatiana Suarez finished Amanda Cooper to take home the strawweight trophy with a d’arce choke – the first ever by a woman in the UFC, securing herself a performance of the night bonus.
Korean fighter Doo Ho Choi notched up his third victory in a row when he dismantled Thiago Tavares in the first round.
Despite being taken down early Choi kept his cool and eventually got back to his feet. One jab and a big right hand later and Tavares was done and dusted in under three minutes in the first round. The “Korean Superboy” found himself $50k richer for his efforts with a performance of the night bonus.
The Aussies unfortunately didn’t fair well under the bright Las Vegas lights with both Anton Zafir and Jake Matthews beaten in the first round of their respective bouts.