Saturday 22 October 2016

WATCH - Conor McGregor gives advice as Joanna Jedrzejczyk retains UFC strawweight title

Gareth A Davies

Published 09/07/2016 | 09:32

UFC featherweight champions was in the front row as Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her strawweight title
UFC featherweight champions was in the front row as Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her strawweight title

No UFC world title changed hands on night two of the UFC's International fight week as Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision Friday night at the MGM Grand in a contest which took her ten minutes to find her feet, and fifteen to stamp her authority on the UFC strawweight title with a sublime striking display to which the brave, resilient Brazilian has no answer.

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The quality of striking in  fourth round from the champion from Poland -- with the name which is copied and pasted more than any other in sports -- was sublime and earned her 10-8 scorers from all three of the Octagonside judges at the end of the fourth stanza, and from one of them in the fifth.    

Three UFC weight division belts still remain in Europe, with the great female champion, Michael Bisping (middle) and Conor McGregor (feather). “I feel great," said Jedrzejczyk, who had a long running beef with the Brazilian. "Like I said after our first fight she’s No. 1 and I am the champion. I have so much respect for her she’s a great fighter. I put in a lot of work. I live the life of a champion, this is what I am trying to do. I want to fight in New York.”

McGregor is clearly a fan of his fellow European and gave her advice and encouragement throughout her bout, as the video below proves.

But a shadow still hangs over this biggest week in UFC history as UFC 200 looms, with the results of Jon Jones' B sample from a test administered on June 16 by USADA did indeed confirm the presence of a banned substance.

On Wednesday, Jones was expelled from the scheduled title bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 after USADA informed him of a potential anti-doping violation. Jones is to launch an appeal and had requested his B sample be tested by the same laboratory in Salt Lake City. The banned substance is yet to be made public.

"I don't even know how to pronounce it. I've been taking the same supplements the majority of my career," Jones had said at an early morning press conference on Thursday. "I've been so outspoken about being against any type of performance enhancers. To this day, I'm extremely against performance enhancers.

"The whole thing sucks. Being labeled as someone who would cheat hurts more than anything else I've ever been through in my career." Yet the thing to do would have been to tell the awaiting media what the substance was. As a result, speculation is running wild, as is Jones's once acclaimed career.

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