Jessica-Rose Clark moving back to bantamweight

After weight cut-related issues forced her UFC Milwaukee bout versus Andrea Lee to be cancelled, Jessica-Rose Clark will be headed up to bantamweight for her next fight.

On a video posted to her YouTube channel, Jessy-Jess addressed the situation.

“I feel bad for Andrea. She’s had a really tough year as well and I know she was relying on that money. I’m just grateful, I got told that UFC still paid her her show fee so I’m glad she still got some money out of it and I’ve apologized to her personally and spoken to her about it.

Though many fight fans have hoped to see Clark versus Lee rebooked, Jessica has other plans.

“I know people have been asking about whether there’s a chance of her and I getting a rematch in the future, but honestly I’m going to go back to 135.”

Clark says that she has been in contact with UFC brass about her plan to return to bantamweight.

“I’ve already spoken to my team about it, I’ve spoken to my nutritionist, I’ve spoken to Mick Maynard about it and every single one of them is aligned with the idea that I need to go back to ‘35. I’ve never missed weight at ‘35, I’ve never even come close to missing. I feel good at ‘35.

The UFC has had a bantamweight division, so what made Clark drop to flyweight in the first place? She explains:

“The reason I went down to ‘25 was because of coaches that I had who were telling me that I was too small to be a bantamweight and that I needed to be a fly, but I’ve tried four times now.”

During the initial cut for Milwaukee, Clark says she felt sick, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.

“I felt a little sick, but nothing like the cut for (UFC Fight Night 124) St. Louis. So I was like, I feel better than I have in the past, so I’m good.

“Went back up to the room, went to the bathroom and apparently passed out. My coach, Walker (Vivian), came and found me and panicked ‘cause he thought he’d killed me and took me straight to ER and they put me on an IV. Then when I met with the UFC doctor, the fight got called off.”

Clark (9-5, 1 NC) has fought the majority of her career at bantamweight, having faced the likes of 135-pound vets like Sarah Kaufman, Pannie Kianzad, and Carina Damm.

She debuted in the UFC as a flyweight in 2017 versus Bec Rawlings. She came in slightly heavy for the bout, but won via decision and earned a spot on a UFC on FOX card versus Paige VanZant. Clark would go on to defeat VanZant by decision as well.

Her win-streak was snapped in June when Jessica Eye won a unanimous decision over her.

Clark joins Sijara Eubanks as a flyweight making the move back up to bantamweight.

We are relieved to hear that Clark is safe and healthy!

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3 comments

    1. Hopefully, this will become a trend of flyweights moving up to bantam, straw up to fly, and in general, fighters fighting a bit closer to their natural weight, especially on the women’s side, where many medical folks say it’s harder for women to cut big weight.

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