Jedrzejczyk retains strawweight title; Brooks wins UFC debut

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha, the top two women's strawweight fighters in the world, wouldn't even touch gloves when they entered the octagon at MGM Grand Garden Arena for their main-event bout at "The Ultimate Fighter" 23 finale. The first two rounds were almost all Gadelha, but in round 3, the challenger clearly gassed. Jedrzejczyk made it back to her feet, but found herself with against the fence again.

The loss never sat well with Gadelha and she looked for revenge in the rematch - and almost captured the title in the opening round of the 25-minute championship affair. She was constantly shifting stances, bouncing on the balls of her feet, using her jab to set the cross, then using it to set up an inside kick, then a flurry of punches with a knee tacked on the end of it. The champion was a blur when she hit her stride.

Jedrzejczyk came out working hands at the start of the first, but Gadelha managed to land hard shots of her own and turned that into more clinchwork. The champion retained her title via unanimous decision, 48-46, 48-45 and 48-46. I can not hear Claudia anymore that she won the first fight and, 'Blah, blah, blah, blah'.

After a long season, dominated by Team Claudia, Amanda Bobby Cooper and Tatiana Suarez go head-to-head in the women's strawweight tournament final, while Andrew Sanchez and Khalil Rountree face off in the light heavyweight final.

LAS VEGAS Joanna Jedrzejczyk showed why people call her Joanna Champion. She also has an impressive wrestling game.

Six different countries are represented on tonight's main card, making this event fitting for International Fight Week.

'It's a good idea to open the division - so many from bantamweight will drop down and so many from 115lb will go up.

Brooks struggled to get Pearson to the canvas, but was able to out-strike him over the first two rounds and hold on down the stretch to pick up the victory. The card airs live on FOX Sports 1. Lightweight is loaded with talent, but with quick and dirty finishes like this, the 27-year-old could find himself in the fast lane towards contention if he keeps this up. Jedrzejcyk turned the tide in the third round and ended up out-landing Gadelha 146-40 in the final three rounds. Fans were expecting a war Friday night. This time, he took out veteran featherweight Thiago Tavares (20-7-1 MMA, 10-7-1 UFC) for his second straight bonus-winning TKO.

'The Ultimate Fighter was all real, I was not playing.

NICOLAU POSTS UPSET Unranked flyweight Matheus Nicolau (12-2-1) kept the pressure on sixth-ranked John Moraga (16-5) to get awarded a split decision.

This is the biggest fight in the brief UFC history of this division.

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