Jessica Andrade has announced she’ll be returning to the strawweight division after her upcoming UFC 283 fight against Lauren Murphy.
Andrade (23-9-0) is scheduled to take on Lauren Murphy in a flyweight contest at the UFC 283 event in Brazil on January 21. After the fight, Andrade plans to move back down to strawweight in an attempt to re-capture the title she once held.
“With Weili’s victory against Carla, I’m sure my next fight after Lauren [Murphy] will be at Strawweight because it’s an option to fight at Strawweight again. I need this fight, I need this rematch. Strawweight is my division. For sure, my focus right now is totally on the Lauren Murphy fight. After the fight, we will see what is best for me.” Andrade said during a chat with MMA Mania.
“For now, my focus is 100 percent on Lauren Murphy then I will be back to Strawweight and I’ll fix my division and take my belt again. But if UFC needs me in other divisions, I will be ready there also.” she continued.
Andrade held the UFC strawweight championship once before after slamming Rose Namajunas on her head to capture the title back in May 2019. She would go on to lose the belt to Zhang Weili by way of a first-round knockout in August of that year. Since then, the Brazilian has alternated between flyweight and strawweight, but most recently picked up a first-round submission win over Amanda Lemos at 115-pounds.
“If I didn’t have this fight against Lauren Murphy, I believe I would be fighting for the Strawweight title [next]. I won against Amanda [Lemos] so since I have this fight against Lauren, I think Amanda will fight for the title, but this doesn’t matter to me because I will fight against Lauren then I will go for the Strawweight title,” she explained.
UFC 283, featuring Andrade VS Murphy, takes place on January 21 from the Jeunesee Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.