Several fighters have had a monumental 2015 despite only being six months into the year. With June in the books, Ultimate Fighting Championship have released their unofficial half year awards and it may feature some unexpected names.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk topped second-ranked Donald Cerrone in the fighter of the year category and with good reason; She won and defended her UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship in dominant fashion. While Cerrone has racked up three consecutive wins in 2015, the UFC gave Jedrzejczyk the nod due to her dominant performances over top competition.
“1 – Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Joanna Jedrzejczyk made an immediate impact in the Octagon in 2014 with wins over Juliana Lima and Claudia Gadelha, but who could have predicted that the young lady from Olsztyn, Poland would rule the world in 2015? The best 115-pound fighter in the world, Jedrzejczyk had become a fan favorite simply because when the bell rings on fight night, she goes on a mission of destruction. This year, Jedrzejczyk won the UFC strawweight title with a dominant two-round stoppage of Carla Esparza, and she then successfully defended her title with a punishing TKO of Jessica Penne. It may be too early to tell for sure, but it looks like Joanna Champion may be on top for a while.”
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