BREAKING: Jessica Andrade Next Fight Set- Will Return At UFC 266

Published 06/11/2021, 11:02 AM EDT


Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade will lock horns with Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 266 on September 25, this year. Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira will headline the event whose venue and location are yet to be disclosed.

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ESPN Deportes first reported the booking although UFC is yet to announce this officially. Andrade is under pressure to get a win here as her last 4 outings have only yielded one victory. She last appeared in the octagon against the flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 261 and suffered a brutal TKO loss at the hands of the ‘bullet’.

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Calvillo’s case is not much different either. She last fought against Katlyn Chookagian in November last year and incurred a unanimous decision loss.

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Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo recent stats

As mentioned earlier, Andrade (21-9) will hope for a win after a string of negative results in the last few matches. Her skid started immediately after she captured the strawweight belt from Rose Namajunas.

As her first title defense, ‘Bate Estaca’ fought against the Chinese mauler Weili Zhang at UFC Fight Night 157. Zhang finished Andrade with a devastating TKO win inside round 1.

After almost a year, Andrade returned to face Namajunas in a rematch from UFC 237. This time, Namajunas did her homework as the match went into the distance. She defeated Andrade to avenge her previous loss.

The back-to-back losses completely derailed Andrade’s momentum as she had racked up 4 consecutive wins before the skid began. In order to get back on track, Andrade started positively against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Fight Night 180 and ultimately picked up a KO win in round one.

Her next fight was against flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. The ‘bullet’ dominated Andrade from start and picked up a TKO win.

Calvillo (9-2) will head into this fight after suffering a loss against Chookagian last time around at UFC 255. She was going strong and was undefeated in 4 matches prior to the above-mentioned fight.

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She had picked up an impressive unanimous decision win against Jessica Eye at UFC on ESPN 10 and held Marina Rodriguez to a majority draw prior to that at UFC on ESPN 7.

Andrade could be her biggest opponent till now and she has to be on her toes to get the better of the former champ. Meanwhile, Andrade will be looking to get back on the winning track.

Who is going to have the last laugh?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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