Jessica Andrade is a woman who will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming strawweight title rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223, the Brazilian will be hoping to challenge the winner later this year.
Andrade (18-6) is one of the strawweight division’s most feared competitors, after dominating the likes of Claudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres, Angela Hill, Joanne Calderwood and Jessica Penne. The 26-year-old broke down the upcoming Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk rematch during a chat with MMA Fighting.
“I can’t give you a definitive answer of who will win this fight because Joanna, we know she’s a tough, an incredible fighter, and has a fight style that is different than everyone else, but she had no time to show that against Namajunas. Who knows if she can do that now, and then it might get harder for Namajunas. But Namajunas also showed that she’s a superior fighter. She was very confident, connected good punches and Joanna felt it. Something happened in there and she couldn’t do anything anymore. This fight is tough to predict and know who will win.” Andrade said.
“Of course, I’m rooting for Namajunas. She’s an example of person as a champion, has represented the UFC well as a woman, so I’m rooting for Namajunas. But if Joanna wins, maybe I’ll have an opportunity to have my rematch. But if Namajunas wins, maybe they give the opportunity to Karolina, depending on what she does in her fight. They will fight at the same event, the same night, so it’s up in the air. Who will be next, Jessica or Karolina? I’m hoping it’s me.” she continued.
UFC 223 takes place on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The main card featuring Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk 2 will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.