After a year out of the octagon, Australia’s Jessica-Rose Clark has secured a unanimous decision victory over Joselyne Edwards, with the judges scoring the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Clark took a wrestling heavy approach to the fight, able to land five takedowns throughout, a career best.
Clark’s takedown game plan was obvious from the opening bell, taking down Edwards in the first 15 seconds of the opening round.
From there the fight remained on the ground and was stagnate with Clark looking to control Edwards, not landing any significant strikes.
Due to the lack of action, referee Keith Peterson stood the two fighters up and got the fight back to the feet.
While the two women opened up more with their striking once on the feet, it did not take too long for Clark to return to her wrestling heavy game plan, shooting for another takedown in order to smoother the incoming offence of Edwards.
In the final seconds of the round, Clark was finally able to secure the takedown, with the fight remaining on the ground until the bell.
Early on it appeared the second round would be more action-packed with both women more willing to throw, however, it did not take too long before the two of them were in up against the fence in the clinch, yet this time it was Edwards looking for the takedown.
Clark was wise to Edwards attempts and was able to reverse the position and take Edwards down instead, remaining on top for the majority of the round.
While Clark was on top in the dominant position, again she landed little damage instead content to control the fight on the mat.
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Down two rounds, Edwards opened the final round swinging, able to land a strong combination, however, Clark again shot for the takedown in order to avoid the damage.
Unable to secure it, the two women remained clinched against the fence again until Clark was able to finally finish the takedown and take the fight to the ground.
Yet again the fight remained on the ground for the majority of the round with little action as Clark looked to just control and keep position, rather than land strikes.
In the final minute, Edwards was able to get back to her feet, but it did not last long with Clark quickly throwing her back to the ground and remaining on top until the final bell.
The extends Clark UFC record to now four wins and two losses and puts her on a two-fight win streak.
Clark has not fought since September of 2020 when she defeated Sarah Alpar by TKO, however, in the same fight tore her ACL forcing her to take a year off to recover.
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