Jessica-Rose Clark wasn’t taking any risks for her UFC comeback.
Fighting for the first time since tearing an ACL in a September 2020 win over Sarah Alpar, Clark used a wrestling-heavy approach to nearly sweep the judges’ scorecards and win a lackluster yet one-sided unanimous decision over Joselyne Edwards on Saturday at UFC Vegas 41.
Two judges scored the contest 30-27 in favor of Clark, while the other judge awarded Clark a 29-28 score.
Takedowns were the primary weapon for the Australian bantamweight, as Clark (11-6) used a similar game plan in all three rounds to bully Edwards against the fence then wrestle her down to the floor. Clark was unable to land much meaningful offense with her ground control, and instead hung out in either full guard or half guard for several long sequences, though she did manage to connect with several hard elbows from full mount in the second round.
“My grappling coach Adam Piccolotti is a stud. I’ve been wrestling with DC [Daniel Cormier] as well,” Clark said. “And I feel like between the two, I’m just going to keep getting better and better.”
Clark has now won back-to-back UFC fights after dropping two in a row. She’s 4-2 overall inside the octagon, while Edwards fell to 1-2 over three UFC appearances.
Strong grappling display shown so far by @MissJessyJess!— UFC (@ufc) October 23, 2021
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