Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson exchange hugs, jerseys after UFC Tampa

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson exchange jerseys
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson exchange jerseys

Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on a masterful striking performance against Michelle Waterson at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

The former strawweight champion made a statement in bloodying Waterson en route to a dominating five-round unanimous decision victory, but the fact remains that she couldn't put her opponent away.

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While Waterson visibly slowed as early as the third round, she dug deep and weathered Jedrzejczyk's storm to not only survive, but have her moments in the championship rounds.

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There was a strong show of respect between the two in the lead-up to their UFC Tampa headliner, but even greater expressions of their mutual admiration after the fight. In the backstage area, the two exchanged jerseys, as well as hugs and a photo op before going their separate ways.

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