Keyboard Kimura: About Last Night at TUF 23 Finale


Brooks failed to get his hands on 'The Silent Assassin' during his time in Bellator.

While Jedrzejczyk was obviously faster on the feet, the disparity between her speed and Gadelha's wasn't as apparent early in the fight, when Gadelha was able to use her power shots to rock the champion on a few occasions.

It was a close fight the first time around, and nothing should be different the second time these two women go at it. Expect it to be a gruelling affair no matter which way it goes. "I am the champion and I have so much respect for her", Jedrzejczyk said after the win.

Jedrzejczyk already has a win over Gadelha, however it came via a controversial split decision that could have gone either way.

Gadelha looked in control, but as the third round got under way it was clear that the top-ranked contender's gas tank was starting to run low, and Jedrzejczyk was just getting warmed up.

Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha engaged in a bitter feud ever since their first fight, and that rivalry only grew in intensity over the course of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 23. She had both the physical tools and the overall skill set to defeat Jederzejczyk, and that made for an intense, entertaining rematch. Jedrzejczyk continued to keep the pressure high and nail her with strikes, bloodying her up by the final horn. I don't think she says nice things; nothing she says gets in my head. Jedrzejczyk started to come back with her striking. They separated and the Jedrzejczyk began to land and find her rhythm.

Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha had a dramatic showdown in 2014, with Jedrzejczyk earning a narrow decision win. She reversed position but moved away and invited Gadelha to join her. Gadelha almost knocked Jedrzejczyk down for the second time in the bout with a short right elbow, but Jedrzejczyk immediately recovered. In the fourth round alone, she landed 75 to Gadelha's six.

In the fifth, Jedrzejczyk started out with some nice combinations for the opening minute. By round three of the five-round contest, Gadelha's punches were losing their zip, and a takedown attempt was stuffed.

Jedrzejczyk (12-0) surrendered takedowns in each of the first three rounds, but avoided taking significant damage and forced Gadelha to expend a lot of energy in the process. Gadelha looked exhausted and had no answer for the champion. They got one as Jedrzejczyk won by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-45, 48-46) to retain the women's strawweight title.

'I know that she wants to take my belt, my life, my dreams and my goals away from me and I can't let her do that.

Gadelha faded late, but she put on a hell of a performance in a sure-fire "Fight of the Night" victor.