UFC strawweight contendor Jessica Andrade is desperately searching for a fight. She was scheduled to fight on the main card of UFC 207 which was headlined by Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey. After Maryna Moroz was forced to pull out due to an injury, and Angela Hill was forced out of the bout by USADA, she was left without an opponent and thus pulled from the card.
After pulling her from the December 30th card, the UFC had offered Andrade a fight against UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, Andrade turned down the fight claiming she needed to make more money in order to invest in a better fight camp for the eventual championship showdown. She says on the eventual fight “I will try to kill her”.
It seems the Brazilian now has another opponent in mind, the former UFC strawweight champion – Carla Esparza.
Esparza has been out of action since April when she won a unanimous decision over Juliana Lima and most recently had gone through some financial hardships while sitting on the sidelines waiting for her next fight.
Andrade criticized Esparza for complaining about money while refusing tougher fights against her or top ranked contender Claudia Gadelha and that’s why she wants to get into the Octagon to settle this grudge once and for all. She rips into the former champion saying “everybody is tired of hearing her complain“. She also insinuates that Esparza does not deserve her current number 3 ranking.
“If it was up to me, I would want to fight Carla (Esparza) cause let’s be honest, everybody is tired of hearing her complain about how she
doesn’t have any money,” Andrade said. “A problem with this, a problem with that, how she has to pay her taxes and she doesn’t have any money left. Meanwhile, everybody is working here and trying really hard to make their ends meets so it’s not like she’s the only one that has any problems.
“In the end, I think she needs to fight someone that is higher ranked. She has been sitting on the No. 3 in the rankings for over a year not fighting anybody that is higher ranked so I think it’s time that she has to prove that she deserves to be there.”
The Brazilian believes ever since winning The Ultimate Fighter, “The Cookie Monster” Esparza has not done anything impressive inside the octagon. She also accuses the former champion of turning down a fight with her for her strawweight debut.
“OK she won (The Ultimate Fighter) but what has she done after that? She lost her belt, she fought Juliana Lima, who was ranked No. 10 at the time and now she’s No. 15, now she says she has a fight booked but we’ll see how high ranked they are,” Andrade said.
“In the end, as much as I would like to fight Carla because she was supposed to be my opponent in my strawweight debut, and for whatever reason that didn’t happen because she took Juliana Lima instead I guess, we’ll take anybody.”
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