Jessica Andrade is hoping she will receive a shot at the UFC strawweight title later this year.
Andrade (20-7-0) had a roller-coaster 2019, defeating Rose Namajunas via second-round KO to capture the UFC strawweight title in May, but then losing her belt to Zhang Weili in August by way of a first-round KO.
The 28-year-old will return to the cage at the UFC 249 event on April 18 when she rematches Rose Namajunas. With a victory, Andrade hopes she can receive a shot at the winner of the upcoming strawweight title fight between Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“What I really want this year is to get another chance to fight for the title. Be it against Weili Zhang or Joanna [Jedrzejczyk]. To just have that chance again and show that everything that happened was a mistake, that I actually could have done more, but her hand landed before mine and I ended up losing my belt. I want to show people I’ll be a champion that will hold her belt. For 2020 to be perfect, I would have to have this title shot, even if it only comes by the end of the year. I hope I can have two, three fights, so I can get a title shot. I’ll be waiting.” Andrade told Ag Fight.
Also known as ‘Bate Estaca’, Andrade owns victories over various notable names at 115-pounds, including Claudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, as well as the previously mentioned Rose Namajunas win.
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