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Jedrzejczyk prepared for Esparza’s grappling acumen: My wrestling is better than before

UFC title challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk delves into her UFC 185 championship fight against strawweight queen Carla Esparza.

Undefeated strawweight competitor Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to take part in the biggest fight of her career, one that could produce the next UFC champion out of Europe, and the first ever from Poland.

The polished striker, known for the remarkable power in her punches, will come up against champion Carla Esparza, who's reign over the strawweight division is predicated on her wrestling dominance.

Jedrzejczyk, however, is not concerned about her opponent's biggest strength.

"My wrestling and grappling is better than before," Jedrzejczyk said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "Much better."

Jedrzejczyk is coming off a split decision victory over Claudia Gaselha, who was heavily favoured to beat her on the UFC on FOX fight card. It was just the latest in a string of impressive wins and correct decision-making that brought her to UFC 185.

"I did some choices at the beginning of last year, 2014, and I think I did well. I'm here and I'm ready for the title. I'm happy with it, that I wasn't in TUF."

In Esparza, Joanna sees a champion who is mentally unprepared for the task at hand. Simple moments such as the recent staredown between the two competitors prove this to be the case, according to the Pole.

Nevertheless, while this may be the case, she has little doubt that this will be a tough match-up for both of them.

"She's a champion," Jedrzejczyk concedes. "She can be a little bit afraid, but you know it's going to be a pretty tough fight for us. But I'm ready for it. I want to win all war."

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