It wasn’t an exciting performance, but Jessica-Rose Clark got back into the win column at UFC Vegas 41 with a decision victory over Joselyn Edwards.
After over a year on the sidelines due to an ACL injury and subsequent surgery, Jessica-Rose Clark returned to the UFC octagon on Saturday.
In a main card bout at UFC Vegas 41, Clark was paired up with Joselyn Edwards. While Clark was coming off a TKO win over Sara Alpar back in September 2020, Edwards was hoping to bounce back from a loss to Karol Rosa.
Jessica-Rose kicked off the fight by immediately taking the action to the mat and ending up in full guard. Clark landed a couple of strikes but not much; referee Keith Peterson soon decided to stand the fight up to the feet. Mere seconds after the stand-up, Clark went for the takedown again and briefly secured it before Edwards reversed position and ended up in the clinch. Edwards landed a few elbows in the clinch before breaking off with a combination. However, the round came to a close with Clark on top, after another takedown.
The two bantamweights predictably ended up in the clinch a few seconds into the second round. After a valiant effort from Edwards, she was taken down once again. Clark passed to half-guard and eventually moved to mount. Clark didn’t do much in the way of damage, eventually opening up with a few solid elbows. However, right afterward she was kicked off to end the last few seconds of the round on the feet.
Edwards landed a nice combination to start the third round but was once again taken to the ground following a quick takedown. Clark landed a few short shots as she moved to half-guard, but once again neglected to do much in the way of offense. Edwards looked like a fish out of water, as she tried to land some elbows off of her back but nothing was having any effect. Edwards worked her way up to the feet for a moment but was once again tripped down to her back. Clark once again ended the round on top, securing her victory.
Official Result: Jessica-Rose Clark def. Joselyn Edwards by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)