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UFC 193 fight card primer: Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Valérie Létourneau

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the co-main event: Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Valérie Létourneau for the strawweight championship.

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In the co-main event at UFC 193, surging champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk (10-0 MMA; 4-0 UFC) faces off against the ever-durable Valérie Létourneau (8-3 MMA; 3-0 UFC) in the second defense of her strawweight title. This 5-round fight acts as a prequel to Ronda Rousey's title defense against Holly Holm. The UFC official rankings have Létourneau #8 at strawweight, while Jędrzejczyk sits at #14 in the pound-for-pound list.

This fight has somewhat went under the radar with Ronda Rousey drawing all the mainstream media attention. While Létourneau isn't the biggest name in WMMA she will be trying best to score a monumental upset in Australia. The UFC 193 main card airs live on pay-per-view on Saturday, November 14th at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.

How do these two stack up?

Jędrzejczyk: 28 years old | 5'7" | 65" reach
Létourneau: 32 years old | 5'7" | 68.5" reach

What have these two done recently?

Joanna Jędrzejczyk: W - Jessica Penne (TKO) | W - Carla Esparza (TKO) | W - Claudia Gadelha(SD)
Valérie Létourneau: W - Maryna Moroz (UD) | W - Jessica Rakoczy (UD) | W - Elizabeth Phillips (SD)

How did these two get here?

Joanna Jędrzejczyk has become the darling of fight fans over the last 18 months due to her violent style. In her UFC tenure thus far, Joanna Jędrzejczyk has been absolutely dominant, her performances against Penne and Esparza were nothing short of spectacular. Joanna's counter-wrestling is amazing and her Muay Thai is lethal, this fight has all the makings of a spectacular stand-up war.

Valérie Létourneau had a disappointing start to her UFC career, losing by submission in a elimination fight for TUF 18, but since then she has looked pretty good. While some may criticize the level of Létourneau's UFC competition so far, she has done the best with what has been put in front of her. If Valérie Létourneau can pull off the victory this will be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Why should you care?

Because Joanna Jędrzejczyk is must-watch TV right now.