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Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Born on August 18th 1987, Joanna Jędrzejczyk is a Polish mixed martial artist who currently competes in the women’s flyweight and strawweight division of the UFC. She is a former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and is currently ranked #5 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings.

  1. Early life and career
  2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC
  3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas
  4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Valentina Shevchenko
  5. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Stats
  6. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Record
  7. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Fiance
  8. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Net Worth 2019

Early life and career

Jędrzejczyk started learning the art of Muay Thai when she was 16 and eventually went on to compete in national as well as continental tournaments. She competed in Muay Thai for more than a decade, ending up winning over 60 matches. Jędrzejczyk made her professional MMA debut on May 19, 2012, at SFT – MMA Fight Night Diva SPA against Sylwia Juskiewicz. She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC

In her first title bout, Jędrzejczyk went up against Carla Esparza for the UFC Strawweight Championship at UFC 185 in 2015 and won spectacular fashion via TKO in the second round. With the victory, Joanna became the first UFC title-holder from Poland and first female European UFC champion.

Jędrzejczyk’s defended her title for the first time against Jessica Penne on June 20, 2015, at UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne in Berlin, Germany where she successfully defended the title by finishing Penne in the third round via TKO.

In her second title defense, Jędrzejczyk squared off against Valérie Létourneau on November 15, 2015, in the co-main event at UFC 193 and won the fight by unanimous decision to retain her title.

In her third title defence, the former strawweight champ faced Claudia Gadelha at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where she defended her title for the third time in a row by clinching the fight via unanimous decision.

Joanna successfully defended her title for the fourth and fifth time on the trot when she beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jéssica Andrade at UFC 205 and UFC 211 respectively. She won both the fights via unanimous decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas

Jędrzejczyk faced off against lethal striker Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 4, 2017. She ended up losing the bout via TKO in the first round. This was the first time Joanna had ever lost in a mixed martial arts competition.

Rose and Jędrzejczyk met again in a rematch of their earlier title fight on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223 where Rose got the better of Joanna again, managing to retain the title via unanimous decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Valentina Shevchenko

Jędrzejczyk fought Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight title bout at UFC 231 and ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson

Joanna bloodied and battered Waterson in a swashbuckling main event encounter at UFC Fight Night 161 inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. After five gruelling rounds, Joanna picked up the victory via unanimous decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Stats

Here are the stats of Joanna Jedrzejczyk:

Matches Wins Losses Draws
18 15 3 0

Wins by KO:

  1. 4

Wins by Submission:

  1. 1

Wins by Decision:

  1. 10

Current Titles:

  1. none


  1. 115 lbs / 52 kg


  1. 65 1⁄2 in (166 cm)

Weight Class:

  1. Strawweight (2014-2018)
  2. Flyweight (2012-2014, 2018-present)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Record

Given below is the MMA record of Joanna Jedrzejczyk:

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date
Loss 15–3 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 231 December 8, 2018
Win 15–2 Tecia Torres Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018
Loss 14–2 Rose Namajunas Decision (unanimous) UFC 223 April 7, 2018
Loss 14–1 Rose Namajunas TKO (punches) UFC 217 November 4, 2017
Win 14–0 Jéssica Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC 211 May 13, 2017
Win 13–0 Karolina Kowalkiewicz Decision (unanimous) UFC 205 November 12, 2016
Win 12–0 Cláudia Gadelha Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016
Win 11–0 Valérie Létourneau Decision (unanimous) UFC 193 November 15, 2015
Win 10–0 Jessica Penne TKO (punches and knee) UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne June 20, 2015
Win 9–0 Carla Esparza TKO (punches) UFC 185 March 14, 2015
Win 8–0 Cláudia Gadelha Decision (split) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014
Win 7–0 Juliana Lima Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014
Win 6–0 Rosi Sexton KO (punch) CWFC 69: Super Saturday June 7, 2014
Win 5–0 Karla Benitez Decision (unanimous) WAM: Fabinski vs. Herb May 9, 2014
Win 4–0 Julia Berezikova Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 12 June 20, 2013
Win 3–0 Kate Jackson TKO (doctor stoppage) PLMMA 17 Extra: Warmia Heroes May 18, 2013
Win 2–0 Lily Kazak Submission (rear-naked choke) Makowski FC 5 December 8, 2012
Win 1–0 Sylwia Juśkiewicz Decision (unanimous) SFT: MMA Diva Fight Night SPA May 19, 2012

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Fiance

Joanna Jedrzejczyk was the fiance of former Polish football player Przemysław Buta. In an interview in 2019, she confirmed that she is no longer engaged to Buta.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Net Worth 2019

As of 2019, the net worth of Joanna Jedrzejczyk is $5 million. Most part of her earning are from MMA and UFC.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 cast member Jessamyn Duke has kept a blog throughout the season. Duke’s entry this week revealed something shocking about coach and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Semi-finalists Anthony Gutierrez and David Grant never got to fight one another as scheduled on Wednesday’s episode because Gutierrez did not make weight. After weighing in four pounds heavy the day before their scheduled fight, Gutierrez had another hour to make weight but chose not to try to do so.

As a result, he forfeited the fight and was kicked out of the TUF house. Rousey was the coach for both Gutierrez and Grant. The episode showed her talking with UFC president Dana White after Gutierrez was kicked out and telling the promoter that she herself was going to cut weight because she felt bad that she didn’t guide Anthony through successfully.

The editing made it appear as if White talked her out of doing so. In an apparently entirely different part of the week, the episode showed Rousey beating opposing coach Miesha Tate in a wall-climbing challenge.

Jessamyn’s blog entry this week reveals that Rousey did indeed go through with cutting weight to demonstrate to the fighters what is possible through strength of will, and she won the wall-climbing challenge while in the midst of that extreme weight cut.

jumped on the scale after Anthony missed weight and was 152 pounds. Without any sort of prep (diet, water loading, sodium loading/cutting, etc.) jumped in the sauna and was in there for FIVE hours before it was time to go to the coaches challenge. Yes, Ronda Rousey cut weight in the sauna for five hours, went to a rock climbing challenge, won, and then went BACK to the sauna that night and cut some more.

The next day when it was time for Jessica and Raquel to fight, she was at the gym before anyone else arrived and was back in the sauna cutting weight. When the rest of us arrived she was sitting at 136 pounds in the locker room. I watched her warm upRakoczy for her fight while on weight and then step on the scale in front of Dana and be 135 pounds. She did this to prove a point.


Hopefully next week’s episode will shine some light on that extraordinary occurrence as it is surely worth highlighting with actual air-time. Rousey is certainly a bundle of emotions and displayed that during this season of TUF but no one can say that the champion isn’t willing to back up her words and outbursts.

Rousey defends her title December 28th against Tate. Chris Weidman also defends his middleweight strap against former champ Anderson Silva on the same card.

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How I lost 20 pounds like an MMA fighter

Subsisting on shots of espresso for 18 hours and spending much of the day in a hot tub apparently wasn’t good for my look.

But it was easy to ignore the cracks about my appearance as I arrived for my final weigh-in. Instead I was focused on stepping on the scale to conclude my efforts of losing 20 pounds in three weeks and then finally eating a real meal.

The scale read 154.9 pounds, one-tenth of a pound under the UFC’s championship fight lightweight division cutoff. The feeling of accomplishment of losing 20.9 pounds in 21.5 days — 13 of those pounds in less than 72 hours — was stifled by a text I received from my diet coach, Mike Dolce.

“Let’s start with rehydration of water only,” Dolce wrote. “We have to slowly turn back on the digestive process or you’ll feel sick and likely vomit or worse.”

Worse? I didn’t want to ask. Dolce, a leading diet guru for the UFC, hadn’t been wrong so far. The pizza and beer would have to wait.

There’s one question that dozens of people asked throughout the process: Why try to lose the weight?

The last time it was posed was hours before the weigh-in by a medical resident at a children’s hospital as I sat in a hot tub.

“I’m not sure that’d be something I’d recommend,” she said with a look of concern.

The answer: The general public might not fully appreciate the lengths to which mixed martial arts fighters, boxers and wrestlers go to cut weight. Extreme weight loss has led to hospitalizations for a wide range of issues, from dehydration to organ failure, as well as cut short careers and contributed to at least two deaths in MMA: Brazilian fighter Leandro Souza in 2013 and Chinese fighter Yang Jian Bing in 2015.

And if you make it through an extreme weight cut without a medical emergency, it can also sap the protective fluid around the brain and lead to a higher likelihood of brain injury.

“I have stories from athletes from their past teams and coaches dragging them in and out of saunas at a 180-plus degrees and 200-plus degrees Fahrenheit packed in plastic bags as sweatsuits,” Dolce said. “The coaches were literally leaning on the door for 30 or 60 minutes, not letting them come out, even with them passing out. The coaches would go in there, slap them in (their) face, lift their legs up to get some blood flow to get their brain functioning again. This after they were malnourishing them, dehydrating them sometimes weeks before competition.”

Not sure Ronda Rousey or the others top fighters Dolce has counseled over the years would be keen to that approach. Nor would I.

As a personal trainer and obstacle race competitor, I was already lean, making this weight cut at least somewhat comparable to what a professional fighter goes through. I had a physical before the process and worked closely with Dolce to ensure my safety.

He stressed that weight cuts of this nature should not be attempted without medical supervision.

“It’s going to be rigorous, but in a good way,” Dolce said with a smirk.

Dolce is not a certified dietitian, though his growing business in Las Vegas — which includes nutrition books, online diet coaching and a podcast — does have one on staff. At the start, my diet mimicked his “Three Weeks to Shredded” book and consisted of chicken, black coffee and oatmeal to total about 1,800 calories a day.

I’d use a hot tub and not the sauna to shed the copious amounts of water I had ingested.

“I was cutting 14 pounds, and I had about 4 or 5 left,” former Canadian amateur MMA fighter Jer Kornelsen told USA TODAY Sports. “I was sitting in the sauna and was feeling cruddy. I got up and started to walk out of the sauna when I passed out and hit the floor. Lucky for me, an off-duty firefighter was in the shower room.”

Kornelsen calls the weight-cut in 2014 that ended his MMA career and nearly his life “the mishap.”

Kornelsen, now 37, regained consciousness about 90 minutes later in the hospital, suffering from dehydration along with kidney and liver damage.

“I was close to having all my organs shut down,” Kornelsen said.

Kornelsen was the middleweight champion of the Battlefield Fight League, an MMA promotion based in Vancouver. The scariest part, he said, wasn’t the organ damage that he would recover from but a staph infection that nearly caused a leg to be amputated two weeks later.

“My immune system was so shot that my body couldn’t fight off the infection,” Kornelsen said.

Why do so many fighters lose 20 pounds or more in a matter of days to get to a lower weight class?

“Everyone in the sport is doing it,” Kornelsen said. “I walk around at 210 pounds. The guys my size were all cutting down to 185. Since they were doing it, I figured I had to.”

That pack mentality permeates the sport and is seen as the biggest challenge to eliminating the dangerous tactics employed to lose weight.

“I really think you have to change the culture,” California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said. “Since everybody else is doing these crazy weight cuts, all the fighters feel like they have to do it or they think they’ll be at a disadvantage.”

Fighters losing 30 or more pounds in the weeks leading up to a fight isn’t uncommon. But in a sport in which opportunities, especially on a UFC card, can be fleeting, fighters often take bouts on short notice when a fighter drops out due to injury, which Paul Redmond did two years ago. He had 13 days to drop 36 pounds — and was still 20 pounds over the 145-pound featherweight limit 48 hours before weigh-ins — before he tipped the scales 3 pounds more than the limit in his UFC debut.

“The week and a half leading up to the fight was mentally and physically exhausting,” Redmond told MMAjunkie. “It was horrific.”

Redmond lost the fight, highlighting another side effect to huge weight cuts: diminished performance.

Over the last year the California State Athletic Commission has instituted rules to try to stem extreme weight cuts, including requiring a doctor to check a fighter’s hydration levels before a fight and ban the use of IVs for rehydration.

The UFC also instituted an IV ban, which might seem counterproductive since it’s the most effective way to treat dehydration. The issue is some fighters use IVs to drop water weight to dangerous levels — and, in turn, pounds — in a short period of time.

The UFC also moved weigh-ins to the mornings. The weigh-ins had previously been in the late afternoon, giving fighters several more hours to shed weight.

The changes have resulted in more fighters missing weight.

“Fighters who were losing 6 or 7 pounds (with the later weigh-in times) could now only lose 3 or 4,” said Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance. “I think it’s a tool. Maybe fighters will realize they are attempting to lose too much weight and should move up a weight class.”

UFC also set a guideline — though not enforced — that suggests fighters be within 8% of the fight weight when they check in four days before the fight. I was 167.1 pounds four days out, just a couple tenths of a pound under the 8% cutoff.

“We reached out to experts in hydration and asked what a safe amount of water weight to lose the last couple days,” Novitzky said. “They said 6%, but we know fighters water load, which is why we made it 8%.”

Foster said there’s been talk among state commissions to have a doctor evaluate each fighter to determine his or her proper weight class, eliminating massive weight cuts.

The inability to make weight is costly for MMA fighters and boxers, who are docked up to 40% of the purse in some states if they tip the scales above the weight limit. Foster said he’d like to see fighter bonuses that can at least be equal to the purse — not just the purse itself — impacted by a failure to make weight to weed out fighters who intentionally miss weight.

My failure to make weight would just be a knock to my ego mixed with some public humiliation.

The diet plain Dolce laid out called for me to cut my food intake as the program progressed. Meanwhile, my workouts became most reliant on cardio, often sessions where I’d hit the gym before eating my allotment of oatmeal mixed with flax and hemp seeds, fruit and a little almond butter.

As my calorie count shrank, my water consumption increased. By day 19, I was drinking 3 gallons of water. The drinking part wasn’t as annoying as the frequent trips to the restroom.

Former UFC fighter Julie Kedzie didn’t have a diet coach when she began her MMA career in 2004, relying on an Internet forum instead.

“I was an idiot and thought all I’d have to do is go on 24-hour fast,” Kedzie said. “So I went out and ate at a Chinese buffet before I had to fast. That was horrible. All that sodium made it really hard to cut weight.”

Novitzky has included nutritionists in recent fighter summits, and UFC’s new headquarters, which will open this year in Las Vegas, will offer in-house nutritionists.

“I’ve learned certain things that work for me and certain things that haven’t,” former UFC champ Holly Holm, who will fight Germaine de Randamie atop the UFC 208 card on Saturday. “I’m an old school girl. Put me in the sauna, and I lose my weight quick in the sauna. I have my routine that I’ve learned through trial and error.”

Dolce kept me in line from afar. While I might have looked malnourished, I didn’t feel that bad in the minutes after the last of my multiple 25-minute stretches in a hot tub.

“What was the reaction?” Dolce asked via text. “Do your peers even grasp what you’ve accomplished?” I responded: “The ones who are here already thought I was crazy.”

For more on UFC 208, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

A.J. Perez is a USA TODAY Sports breaking news writer, certified personal trainer/gym owner and reluctant runner. Follow him on Twitter @byajperez.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Ronda Rousey ‘had a terrible weight cut’ for Holly Holm fight

Last week, Joanna Jedrzejczyk revealed the grueling weight cut she went through for her title defense against Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 last November. The former UFC strawweight champion specifically stated that she experienced numb legs after cutting 15 pounds in 14 hours.

During her recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Jedrzejczyk said she is now thinking about speaking with fellow former champion Ronda Rousey, whom she believed also went through the same experience ahead of the Holly Holm fight at UFC 193 in 2015.

“I always wanted to talk to Ronda about how she felt the night before that night that she lost to Holly Holm,” Jedrzejczyk told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting). “I was afraid to ask her before because I was winning.”

“Actually, we have one agent (in common) and I spoke to him and told him that my legs went numb and that I felt a bit groggy or something like this. The funny thing is Ronda felt the same way; she had a terrible weight cut before Holly Holm.”

Jedrzejczyk went on to explain how she felt both her and Rousey may have suffered a “frozen brain,” which led to both their losses and subsequently be dethroned as champions of their respective weight divisions.

She also feels the need to educate people about such occurrences in the fight game.

“The funny thing is, people don’t believe that your brain can be frozen, but the weight cut can change the game,” she said. “It can and that’s the worse thing. It can (happen) and this is what happened to me and Ronda. We paid the price for the weight cuts and that’s the thing.”

“They didn’t go through the weight cut, so they don’t understand,” Jedrzejczyk said of their critics. “They don’t understand what we had to go through, but one day I will explain to all of them.”

Jedrzejczyk will be taking on current champion Rose Namajunas in a rematch that will co-headline UFC 223 on April 7th in Brooklyn.

Meet the Fighter Set to Tie Ronda Rousey’s Record for Most UFC Title Defenses By a Woman

Since making her professional debut in 2014, Joanna Jędrzejczyk has defeated every 115-pound opponent who’s crossed her path in the UFC octagon. The Polish mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer is currently the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and the number one female pound-for-pound Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the world. (For those of you who may not know, MMA is a sport and UFC is the largest MMA promotion in the world that features the top-ranked MMA fighters.)

Now, she’s looking to tie former bantamweight champion (135 pounds) and friend Ronda Rousey’s record for most UFC title defenses made by a woman. She will fight to defend her UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion title for the sixth time.

On November 4, Jędrzejczyk will battle ranking UFC strawweight, Rose Namajunas, at Madison Square Garden-and she is more ready than ever. “This sport is all about winning the fight, setting records, and defending titles,” Jędrzejczyk told Shape. “It’s not going to be an easy fight-there is no easy fight in the UFC-but I’m just focusing on defending my title and I want to do it again next year so I can make history.” (Don’t leave the fighting to Jędrzejczyk-here’s why you should give MMA a try yourself.)

To prep for the fight, Jędrzejczyk has been training twice a day, every day, at a 12-week camp in Florida, away from her family, friends, and fiancé back in Poland. Everything is dialed in to optimize performance-her workouts, her diet, her rest days.

The camp is split into four different phases, forcing fighters to focus on certain skill sets. The first few weeks involve a lot of weight training to put on muscle and build overall strength. Then, fighters go through conditioning that involves resistance training to help increase explosive strength. Following that, they start sparring sessions to test their stamina and build the energy it takes to complete an entire match. And finally, they work on their speed through cardio drills leading up to the weight cut in order to make strawweight.

Jędrzejczyk also bikes to and from the gym at least once a day just for fun. “You’ve got to really love it and be crazy about it to keep up with the schedule,” she says, adding that she’s never skipped a class in her life.

On top of her crazy training regimen, one of the biggest challenges Jędrzejczyk will face is cutting weight. When not preparing for a fight, Jędrzejczyk weighs around 125 pounds, which worked well for her during her MMA career as they offer that weight class. Unfortunately, in the UFC,you can either fight as a strawweight at 115 pounds or a bantamweight, which jumps all the way up to 135 pounds. It’s easier for Jędrzejczyk to cut weight right before a fight than to gain 10 pounds of muscle.

Still, getting down to the required weight isn’t easy. “For a while, I didn’t have a good doctor and knowledge about proper nutrition so I would cut weight and end up breaking bones during fights,” Jędrzejczyk says. “I just wasn’t doing it right.”

Now, Jędrzejczyk has found a whole new team of experts who’ve made this necessary part of professional fighting a much healthier experience. “I work with the best in the business now and feel great and strong,” she says. “I can easily cut 10 to 15 pounds without feeling like I’m killing myself. So often we see fighters starving themselves and that doesn’t serve them well at the night of the fight.”

Jędrzejczyk understands the importance of taking care of her body long-term. “As athletes, fighters or not, we push our bodies to the limit, but I want to be a mom someday and I won’t be able to do that if I don’t take proper care of myself now.”

When it comes to the final countdown to a fight, Jędrzejczyk says she never feels pressure or on edge. “At that point, all the hard work is done and it’s all about showing everyone who I really am,” she says. “Before I step in the Octagon, I pray one last time and take a huge deep breath, and then I’m home.”


Aug 11, 2019

The UFC began in 1993 with fighters of all sizes competing against each other. Four years later, UFC 12 introduced weight classes: heavyweight, for fighters 200 pounds and above, and lightweight, for those 199 pounds and under. That night in Dothan, Alabama, Mark Coleman needed less than three minutes to defeat Dan Severn by a neck crank to becomes the promotion’s first heavyweight champion — its first champion, period.

Today, there 12 weight divisions in the UFC — eight for men, four for women. Below are the current UFC champions in each weight division.

for the current champions in all of the major fight promotions: Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, PFL, Rizin and Invicta FC, in addition to the UFC.

All-time UFC champions by division:
Heavyweight | Light heavyweight
Middleweight | Welterweight
Lightweight | Men’s featherweight
Men’s bantamweight | Men’s flyweight
Women’s featherweight
Women’s bantamweight
Women’s flyweight

Heavyweight (Up to 265 pounds)

Stipe Miocic
• Won title: August 17, 2019
• Outcome: TKO4 over Daniel Cormier (UFC 241)
• Defenses: 0

Light heavyweight (205)

Jon Jones
• Won title: Dec. 29, 2018
• Outcome: TKO3 over Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 232)
• Defenses: 2

Middleweight (185)

Israel Adesanya
• Won title: Oct. 6, 2019
• Outcome: TKO2 over Robert Whittaker (UFC 243)
• Defenses: 0

Welterweight (170)

Kamaru Usman
• Won title: March 2, 2019
• Outcome: UD over Tyron Woodley (UFC 235)
• Defenses: 1

Lightweight (155)

Khabib Nurmagomedov
• Won title: April 7, 2018
• Outcome: UD over Al Iaquinta (UFC 223)
• Defenses: 2

Men’s featherweight (145)

Alexander Volkanovski
• Won title: Dec. 14, 2019
• Outcome: UD over Max Holloway (UFC 245)
• Defenses: 0

Men’s bantamweight (135)

Henry Cejudo
• Won title: June 8, 2019
• Outcome: TKO3 over Marlon Moraes (UFC 238)
• Defenses: 0

Men’s flyweight (125)

Henry Cejudo
• Won title: Aug. 4, 2018
• Outcome: SD over Demetrious Johnson (UFC 227)
• Defenses: 1

Women’s featherweight (145)

Amanda Nunes
• Won title: Dec. 29, 2018
• Outcome: TKO1 over Cris Cyborg (UFC 232)
• Defenses: 0

Women’s bantamweight (135)

Amanda Nunes
• Won title: July 9, 2016
• Outcome: SUB1 over Miesha Tate (UFC 200)
• Defenses: 5

Women’s flyweight (125)

Valentina Shevchenko
• Won title: Dec. 8, 2018
• Outcome: UD over Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC 231)
• Defenses: 2

Strawweight (115)

Zhang Weili
• Won title: Aug. 31, 2019
• Outcome: TKO1 over Jessica Andrade (UFC Shenzhen)
• Defenses: 0

UFC 245 pre-event facts: Inside the fifth title triple header in UFC history

The UFC’s final pay-per-view event of the year takes place Saturday with UFC 245, which goes down at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and features arguably the most loaded lineup of the year.

For just the fifth time in company history, three championship fights are on the docket at a single event, meaning the landscape of the sport has the potential to alter significantly by the end of the weekend.

* * * *

Main event

Usman enters the event on a 14-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman is one of four fighters in UFC history to start 10-0 with the promotion. Anderson Silva, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Royce Gracie also accomplished the feat.

Usman is the only welterweight in history to start his UFC career with 10 consecutive victories.

Usman’s 10-fight UFC winning streak is the third longest active streak in the company behind Nurmagomedov (12) and Tony Ferguson (12).

Usman’s 10-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is the longest active streak in the division.

Usman’s 10-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is the second longest in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (12).

Usman has earned eight of his 10 UFC victories by decision.

Usman absorbs just 1.6 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Usman outlanded Tyron Woodley by a margin of 336-60 (+275) in total strikes at UFC 235, the record for a UFC championship fight.

Usman landed 192 body strikes at UFC 235, the single-fight UFC record.

Usman has completed 42 takedowns in his 10 UFC appearances.

Usman has defend 100 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC competition, which includes 17 total.

Usman’s 12 takedowns landed against Rafael dos Anjos at the TUF 28 Finale are tied for second most in a single UFC welterweight fight. Luigi Fioravanti holds the record with 13 at UFC 82.

Covington is one of three interim UFC welterweight champions in company history. St-Pierre and Carlos Condit also accomplished the feat.

Covington’s seven-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is tied with Santiago Ponzinibbio for the third longest active streak in the division behind Usman (10) and Leon Edwards (eight).

Covington attempted 541 total strikes against Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 5, the single-fight UFC record.

Covington attempted 515 significant strikes at UFC on ESPN 5, the single-fight UFC record.

Covington has landed 58 takedowns combined in his 11 UFC appearances.

Covington’s 58 takedowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Covington lands 5.69 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC welterweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Covington’s 12 takedowns landed at UFC on FOX 22 are tied for the second most in a single UFC welterweight fight. Fioravanti holds the record with 13 at UFC 82.

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Holloway owns or is on the verge of owning several key UFC records, which can be viewed in his complete career stat sheet.

Volanovski enters the event on a 17-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Volkanovski’s five-fight UFC winning streak at featherweight is the fourth longest active streak in the division Holloway (13), Zabit Magomedsharipov (six) and Arnold Allen (six).

Volkanovski has outlanded his seven UFC opponents by a 493-167 margin in total strikes. His strike differential of +3.36 per minute is the highest in UFC featherweight history.

Volkanovski lands 58.2 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

Volkanovski has landed two or more takedowns against five of his six UFC opponents.

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Nunes is one of four simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history. Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor and Henry Cejudo also accomplished the feat.

Nunes is one of seven fighters in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes. Cormier, McGregor, Cejudo, St-Pierre, B.J. Penn and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.

Nunes’ four consecutive UFC title defenses are most among current champions.

Nunes’ six victories in women’s UFC title fights are tied with Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk for most in company history.

Nunes has defeated six fighters who once held an undisputed UFC belt, tied with Jon Jones for the most of any active fighter in the organization.

Nunes competes in her 12th UFC women’s bantamweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Nunes’ 11 victories in UFC competition are tied with Jessica Andrade for most for any female in company history.

Nunes’ 10 victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Nunes’ nine-fight UFC winning streak in women’s competition is the longest in company history.

Nunes’ eight-fight UFC winning streak at women’s bantamweight is the longest active streak in the division.

Nunes has earned 16 of her 18 career victories by stoppage. That includes nine of her 11 UFC wins.

Nunes’ eight stoppage victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.

Nunes’ seven first-round finishes in UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Rousey (seven).

Nunes’ six knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Nunes’ three knockdowns landed in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Nunes’ 14-second knockout of Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challenger 13 is the fastest knockout in UFC/Strikeforce women’s history.

Nunes’ victory at the 2:36 mark of Round 5 at UFC 224 marked the second latest stoppage in a women’s UFC title fight – behind only Miesha Tate’s win at the 3:30 mark of Round 5 vs. Holly Holm at UFC 196.

Nunes’ four fight-night bonuses for UFC women’s bantamweight fights are second most in divisional history behind Rousey (seven).

De Randamie was the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion. She accomplished the feat at UFC 208 in February 2017.

De Randamie is one of six European-born champions in UFC history. McGregor, Jedrzejczyk, Andrei Arlovski, Michael Bisping and Bas Rutten also accomplished the feat.

De Randamie can become the eighth fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes. She could join Nunes as the only females to accomplish the feat.

De Randamie competes for the second time in 2019, marking multi-fight appearances inside a calendar year for the first time since 2013.

De Randamie is 2-0 since she returned to the UFC women’s bantamweight division in September 2017.

De Randamie’s four-fight UFC winning streak at women’s bantamweight is tied with Ketlen Vieira for the second longest active streak in the division behind Nunes (eight).

De Randamie’s three knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Nunes (six).

De Randamie’s 16-second knockout of Aspen Ladd at UFC on ESPN+ 16 is tied with Rousey’s finish at UFC 175 for the fastest knockout in women’s UFC history.

De Randamie defends 88 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC women’s bantamweight competition, the second best rate in divisional history behind Irene Aldana (93.5 percent).

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Marlon Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is a former WSOF (now PFL) bantamweight champion. He defended his title a record six times.

Moraes is 17-2 in his past 19 fights dating back to December 2011. The only defeats in that stretch came against Raphael Assuncao, a loss he avenged, and Cejudo.

Jose Aldo (28-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) drops to the bantamweight division for the first time after spending his entire career at featherweight.

Aldo is 3-4 in his past seven fights after going undefeated for more than a decade.

Aldo is the only two-time UFC featherweight titleholder in history and one of eight overall in company history to have two reigns in a single weight class.

Aldo’s 18 UFC/WEC featherweight victories are the most in combined divisional history.

Aldo’s 15-fight UFC/WEC winning streak before losing to McGregor at UFC 194 is the second longest in the combined history of the two organizations behind Anderson Silva (16).

Aldo’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Aldo’s 11 knockout victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are most in combined divisional history.

Aldo defends 91 percent of opponent takedown attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the highest rate in combined divisional history.

Aldo’s nine fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC featherweight bouts are second most in combined divisional history behind Cub Swanson (11).

Petr Yan’s (13-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak at bantamweight is tied with Marlon Vera for the longest active streak in the division.

Urijah Faber (35-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Faber is the only UFC Hall of Fame fighter to earn an octagon victory after being inducted. He accomplished the feat after coming out of retirement to win at UFC on ESPN+ 13.

Faber is the only fighter in UFC history to go 0-4 in title fights.

Faber competes in his 17th UFC bantamweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Faber’s total fight time of 3:29:50 in UFC bantamweight competition is the most in divisional history.

Faber’s 11 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Assuncao for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (12).

Faber’s 12 victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz for most in combined divisional history.

Faber’s seven stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight).

Faber’s 12 submission victories in UFC/WEC/Strikeforce/PRIDE competition are tied for third most in the combined company history behind Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (13) and Charles Oliveira (13).

Faber’s six submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Faber’s 26 takedowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Merab Dvalishvili (27).

UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

UFC event where Brock Lesnar challenged UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight championship

Time into the title bout when Lesnar scored a TKO of Couture to claim the UFC heavyweight belt

Days between Lesnar’s Octagon debut and his winning the UFC heavyweight belt

UFC event where Lesnar successfully defended his UFC heavyweight belt against former champ Mir in a highly-anticipated rematch

Time into the title bout when Lesnar scored a TKO of Mir after landing 47 significant strikes to Mir’s 4

UFC event where Lesnar secured a second round arm-triangle choke of Shane Carwin to unify the UFC heavyweight title in an incredible come-from-behind victory, Lesnar was awarded a Submission of the Night bonus

Days between Lesnar’s title defense over Frank Mir and his title unification bout against interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin

Consecutive wins with three finishes by Lesnar, including two UFC title defenses inside the Octagon

Percentage of Lesnar’s three UFC finishes happened in the second round

UFC heavyweight champions have successfully defended the belt two times – Randy Couture, Lesnar, Tim Sylvia and Cain Velasquez

Days between Lesnar’s TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 and his Octagon return at UFC 200 against Mark Hunt

Takedown accuracy percentage by Lesnar, 3rd best in UFC heavyweight history (min. 5 fights and 20 att.)

Takedowns by Lesnar across his seven UFC appearances

Takedown average per 15 minutes of fighting by Lesnar – UFC average 1.75

Percentage of Lesnar’s UFC opponents he scored at least one takedown of, including Frank Mir in both of their meetings; Overeem was the only one not taken down

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Years that Lesnar became an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler for the University of Minnesota

Year that Lesnar became the NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler

Significant strikes landed per minute rate by Lesnar, UFC average is 2.83

Significant striking accuracy percentage by Lesnar, UFC average is 42%
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Significant strikes landed by Lesnar were on the ground – 111 of 162 sig. strikes, UFC average is 23.3%

Current ranking of Mark Hunt as a UFC heavyweight

KO/TKOs by the “Super Samoan” inside the Octagon, including his most recent first round knockout of Frank Mir in March

Knockdowns by Hunt inside the Octagon

Significant strikes landed by Hunt

Percentage of those sig. strikes by Hunt targeted his opponent’s head, largest proportion in UFC heavyweight history (min. 5 fights and 350 sig. att.)

Year that Hunt won the K-1 World Grand Prix kickboxing tournament, only non-European to do so

Takedown defense percentage by Hunt, 5th best in UFC heavyweight history (min. 5 fights and 20 opp. att.)

Post-fight bonuses by Hunt, tied for most in UFC heavyweight history

Current ranking of Jose Aldo as a UFC featherweight

Current ranking of Jose Aldo on the UFC pound-for-pound list

Wins by Aldo in UFC/WEC competition, most in UFC/WEC featherweight history

Successful/consecutive UFC featherweight title defenses by Aldo from UFC 128 to UFC 179, 4th most UFC successful/consecutive title defenses in UFC history

KO/TKOs by Aldo in UFC/WEC competition, most in UFC/WEC featherweight history

Knockdowns by Aldo in UFC/WEC featherweight history competition, most in UFC/WEC featherweight history

Significant strikes landed by Aldo in UFC/WEC competition, 3rd most in UFC/WEC featherweight history

Significant strikes landed by Aldo against Edgar en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 156

Takedown defense percentage by Aldo in UFC/WEC featherweight competition, 2nd best in UFC/WEC featherweight history behind Dennis Bermudez’s 91.4% (min. 5 fights and 20 opp. att.)

Current ranking of Frankie Edgar as a UFC featherweight

Current ranking of “The Answer” on the UFC pound for-pound list

Total Octagon time by the former UFC lightweight champion, most in UFC history

Time it took Edgar to score his most recent first round knockout of Chad Mendes at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale

Significant strikes landed by Edgar, 3rd most in UFC history

Significant strike defense percentage by Edgar, 5th best among active UFC fighters and 8th best in UFC history (min. 5 fights and 350 opp. att.)

Significant strike differential per minute rate by Edgar, 2nd best in UFC featherweight history behind current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s +2.43 (min. 5 fights)

Takedowns by Edgar, tied for 3rd most in UFC history

Of those takedowns by Edgar came against Cub Swanson en route to his fifth round finish at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson

Takedowns by Edgar against five of his six UFC featherweight opponents including Jose Aldo. He is the only fighter to score to takedowns of Aldo

UFC event where Miesha Tate won the UFC women’s bantamweight championship from Holly Holm

Time into the bout when “Cupcake” secured a rear naked choke of Holm to claim the belt, 4th latest finish UFC history

Consecutive wins by the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ inside the Octagon, longest active UFC win streak in UFC women’s bantamweight division

Total strikes landed by Tate in UFC/Strikeforce competition, third most in UFC women’s bantamweight history

Takedowns by Tate in UFC/Strikeforce competition, most in UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight history

Percentage of Tate’s 14 UFC/Strikeforce bouts where she has completed at least one takedown of her opponent after attempting at least one takedown

Current ranking of Amanda Nunes as a UFC women’s bantamweight

Wins by “The Lioness” inside the Octagon, tied for 2nd most with Miesha Tate in UFC women’s bantamweight history behind Ronda Rousey’s 6

Finishes by Nunes inside the Octagon, 2nd most in UFC women’s bantamweight history behind Ronda Rousey’s 6

Percentage of Nunes’ UFC finishes have occurred in the first round, 2nd most behind Ronda Rousey’s 5

Average fight time by Nunes, 2nd shortest in UFC women’s bantamweight history behind Ronda Rousey’s 3:25

Significant strikes absorbed per minute rate by Nunes, best in UFC women’s’ bantamweight history (min. 5 fights)

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