Brace yourselves, the always exciting Joanna Jędrzejczyk will defend the women’s strawweight title for the first time when she takes on Jessica Penne at UFC Fight Night 69. The pair will headline the June 20 card at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany.
Here are my UFC Fight Night 69 predictions:
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Penne (strawweight title fight)
Jędrzejczyk (9-0-0, 3 KOs) might very well be the most well-rounded female fighter the in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (sorry Ronda Rousey fans). Her striking technique is awesome, she hits really hard, she’s fast, her takedown defense is excellent, and, in the rare event she’s grounded, Joanna is excellent at fighting her way back up.
Penne (12-2-0, 7 submissions) is clearly one of the better female strawweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with solid striking and BJJ skills.
As good as Penne is, I doubt she’ll be able to make this a competitive fight.
Jędrzejczyk’s striking is a few levels above Penne’s, and the latter won’t have the option of taking the fight to the ground when things get rough.
Bad, bad, bad matchup for Penne.
Prediction: Joanne Jędrzejczyk wins via TKO.
Dennis Siver vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Siver (22-10-0, 9 submissions) will look to rebound from his knockout loss to Conor McGregor when he takes on Kawajiri (33-8-2, 12 KOs) at UFC Fight Night 69.
Siver’s striking is kind of decent when he isn’t facing the likes of Conor McGregor, and he should be able to get the better of the striking exchanges.
Kawajiri is a well-rounded fighter with solid grappling and subs, and he’s shared the cage with just about every legit lightweight MMA fighter on the planet.
Siver will enjoy home-Octagon advantage heading into this one, but, after spending quite some time mulling over this matchup, I think Kawajiri has the tools needed to ruin the German’s home-coming party.
Prediction: Tatsuya Kawajiri wins via TKO.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 69 predictions:
Peter Sobotta defeats Steve Kennedy
Makwan Amirkhani defeats Masio Fullen
Mairbek Taisumov defeats Alan Patrick
Niklas Bäckström defeats Noad Lahat
Antônio dos Santos defeats Scott Askham
Piotr Hallmann defeats Magomed Mustafaev
Taylor Lapilus defeats Ulka Sasaki
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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