An exciting UFC women’s strawweight clash is reportedly at the helm and comes in with a targeted date in April 2021. Former 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is on her way to scrap against Yan Xiaonan, who is surging in the division. The report came in through Dama de Ferro MMA and April 17 or April 24 is the current reported timeline.
The aforementioned bout is a massive opportunity for both women to ensure that a title shot lies in their future. Although both strawweights have vastly different career profiles, they’re both in critical stages from a contention point of view. Not to mention, the 115-pound weight class has become a shark tank of vicious contenders who have made their claim for gold.
UFC strawweights: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Yan Xiaonan
The former multiple-time 115-pound champion hasn’t fought since March 2020, where she put on the ‘Fight of the Year’ against Weili Zhang. The 16-4 veteran’s losses have come exclusively to champions, thus showcasing the plane on which she operates. Despite the slew of recent hard-fought losses, she’s arguably one of the biggest names in women’s MMA.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk offers different looks every time she steps under the bright lights of the cage. Her primary source of offense comes in through linear movement behind a lethal jab. The Polish precision striker has developed a meaningful skillset in the clinch and is no slouch on the ground either.
‘Fury’ Xiaonan is on an 11-fight win streak and hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2010, which was her third pro fight. While she’s suffered a No Contest due to Doctor’s stoppage during his time period, her run has been nothing short of incredible. The 13-1 fighter has been a highly touted prospect for several years, and she’s finally actualizing her potential.
She’s coming off a unanimous decision win over former title challenger Claudia Gadhela back in November 2020. Moreover, she’s managed to break into the upper echelon of 115-pound fighters, and fighting Jedrzejczyk is another step up. Xiaonan is extremely well-rounded and is well-sized for the division, making it a challenge to ground her.
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