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Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Claudia Gadelha via decision at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jedrzejczyk came away with the unanimous decision victory over Gadelha with judges scores of 48-46,48-45,48-46.

"We knew it was going to be a really difficult fight," she said in her post fight interview.

Jedrzejczyk then called her opponent over and apologized for the words they exchanged before the fight.

It almost didn't go past the first few moments when Gadelha almost KO'd the champion with a slick left hand, sending Jedrzejczyk to the mat but Jedrzejczyk recovered and was even able to take G down for some ground and pound to win the round.

Round two proved to be much like the first with Gadelha maintaining control of Jedrzejczyk in most exchanges. Jedrzejczyk tried fruitlessly for a darce choke that wasn't really going to happen. Unfortunately all of the takedowns proved to tire Gadelha.

Jedrzejczyk lands a few slick combos early in round three before Gadelha takes the champ down for the fourth time. Jedrzejczyk was able to get to her feet and took back control of the round.

Round four begins with a gassed Gadelha which left room for Jedrzejczyk to rack up some significant strikes on her opponent who seemed too tired to fire back or attempt another takedown.

The fifth and final round proved to be the tie breaker round as it seemed they each had each won two rounds thus far. Jedrzejczyk took control again, putting presser on Gadelha and landing punches and elbows in the last :20 that had Gadelha wobbling on her feet.

Jedrzejczyk closed the night out asking to fight in New York while taking her record to 12-0.

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