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Jedrzejczyk-Namajunas tabbed for UFC 217

Nov 13, 2016 - New York, New York, U.S. - Joanna Jedrzejczyk (red gloves) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (blue gloves) during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden (Photo by Jason Silva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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New York City’s Madison Square Garden will be playing host to yet another massive matchup as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas will be squaring off at UFC 217 come November 4. The much-anticipated women’s strawweight bout between Jedrzejczyk and Namajunas will be one of three championship matches that evening, with the other two featuring Michael Bisping against Georges St-Pierre and Cody Garbrandt versus T.J. Dillashaw.

The 30-year-old Jedrzejczyk has never lost a MMA bout, going into her November tussle with Namajunas boasting a record of 14-0 while going 8-0 in the UFC. Her last match came against Jessica Andrade back on May 13, which she won by unanimous decision. Jedrzejczyk’s last four MMA victories have come via unanimous decision, dating back to November 15, 2015 against Valerie Letourneau.

Should Jedrzejczyk win her upcoming battle, she will tie Ronda Rousey’s record for the most consecutive women’s title defenses with six. Her streak began when she topped former strawweight champion Carla Esparza all the way back on December 13, 2014.

Namajunas does not come with a résumé as impressive as Jedrzejczyk’s, however. The 25-year-old has gone just 6-3 over her first nine professional MMA fights. She has gone 4-2 in UFC bouts. Namajunas has, however, won four of her last five matches after starting out with an even 2-2 MMA record overall. She last fought on April 15 when she defeated Michelle Waterson via rear-naked choke, which is how Namajunas has captured five of her six victories.

Namajunas was originally dubbed “the next Ronda Rousey” by UFC president Dana White on The Ultimate Fighter 20 back in 2014 before she ultimately fell to the aforementioned Esparza for the inaugural title.

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