Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas UFC 217 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17
Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk
UFC: Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Madison Square Garden)
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk enters this fight with a 14-0 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. This will be Jedrzejczyk’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk is averaging 6.87 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Jedrzejczyk is averaging 0.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Jedrzejczyk will be defending her belt for the sixth straight fight and is fighting for the second time this year. Jedrzejczyk really needs no introduction, as she’s an extremely decorated kick boxer who uses her knees and legs better than most, and is an overall highly efficient striker with superb accuracy and a background in boxing. Jedrzejczyk has great technique, knows how to finish her opponent despite most of her fights ending in decision, and she’ll always have the advantage when fighting standing up. Jedrzejczyk has proven to be unbeatable when she gets the fight she wants. This will be Jedrzejczyk’s second fight in New York.
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Rose Namajunas enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 86 percent of her fights by submission. Namajunas has won four of her last five fights and is coming off a April win over Michelle Waterson. Namajunas is averaging 3.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.1 percent. Namajunas is averaging 3.02 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Namajunas is coming off an impressive second round submission and gets another shot at the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship, as she fought for the belt back in 2014. Namajunas is an aggressive pressure fighter who likes to stay busy by working the jab and mixing in some kicks. While Namajunas doesn’t have a knockout victory under her belt, she more than holds her own with her standup. However, it’s Namajunas’ ground game that’s the most scary, as five of her victories have come by submission and she wastes little time locking in that rear-naked choke. Namajunas is deadly if she can gain position on the canvas, as her long legs and upper body strength are hard to counter. This will be Namajunas’ first fight in New York.
Namajunas could be the kryptonite to Jedrzejczyk, as she has a real chance to end this thing if she’s able to produce a takedown. Not only is she a terrific submission artist, but it takes Jedrzejczyk out of her comfort zone and limits her striking attack. However, Jedrzejczyk is more than proven against quality fighters and already passed the test against other fighters with good ground games in Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Penne. Until she shows a true weakness, there’s no reason to even consider betting against Jedrzejczyk, possibly the best female fighter in the world.
Look for Jedrzejczyk to remain unbeaten.