Friday night's main event between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha couldn't have gone better for the reigning champion. She weather an early storm in the first two rounds before coming back to win the next three to defend her strawweight title.
And in the TUF 23 Finale post-fight press conference, Jedrzejczyk said her game plan was to wear out Gadelha, and to pour it on in the middle rounds until the end.
"It was a really tough fight with Claudia Gadelha," she said. "We felt that she might get tired in the third, fourth and fifth round. So I was waiting for my chance. She took me down and was trying to control me, but I felt she couldn't do anything on the ground. I didn't feel like she could submit me, so I I was waiting just for my chance. When I put on a performance I always work so hard, so I have conditioning for 10, 15 rounds.
"You cannot be so dominant all the time. I'm ready for everyone, and I proved it again today and tonight."
Jedrzejczyk (12-0) made her third successful title defense, and her first of 2016. The Polish champion said she'd like to end up on the New York pay-per-view card that happens on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden. When asked why that particular card, she said there were a variety of reasons.
"There is a big Polish community," she said. "I know that this show in New York is going to be very big and epic show. I did a great job with Ronda Rousey in Melbourne, two main events. Me and Ronda. So, I like to challenge myself. I'd really like to fight in New York. I was off for eight months, even longer. I don't like long breaks, but I had a broken hand. I like to keep busy because before my fight with Valerie Letourneau I had five fights in 15 months, so I fought every three months.
"I like to keep busy. When I was competing in Muay Thai I used to fight every month. I know the UFC's a big organization, the best athletes and fighters are here, so...every third or fourth month, I'm ready to fight."
One thing that Jedrzejczyk said she wouldn't be doing is bolting to a new weight class after this fight. Earlier in the week, on a press call, Jedrzejczyk had expressed interest in moving up to the as-yet-nonexistent flyweight division to attempt to become the UFC's first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.
Her plan to eventually move up will have to wait.
"Not after this fight," she said. "I want to defend my title one more time at 115 this year, and then I will see and think about everything. We'll see how the flyweight division...we'll go up when this flyweight division will show up."
When asked about the fight itself — particularly if she thought she won the third round — Jedrzejczyk said she felt she swept the final three rounds to secure the victory.
"I think that Claudia won the first two rounds, but from the third round I took control, and I won three rounds."
As for whether her bitter rivalry with Gadelha is over, now that she's won two fights over the Brazilian, Jedrzejczyk said she wasn't sure what would happen down the line.
"Like I said, for me Claudia Gadelha is one of the best strawweights in the UFC," she said. "I said that after our first fight. I don't know what's going to happen, I don't know. I know I want to fight in New York, but I don't know who is going to be my next opponent."
Whoever she fights in her next title defense, Jedrzejczyk said she'd be aiming to duplicate her performance.
"I will be ready for everyone, but the question is will they be ready for me."