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Despite Lopsided Loss at UFC Vegas 69, Jessica Andrade Says She’s “Always Ready” for Valentina Shevchenko Title Shot

Published 02/19/2023, 3:00 PM EST

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On February 18, Las Vegas witnessed a powerhouse fight between the headliners, Jessica Andrade and Erin Blanchfield. The two women in the flyweight division made sure that they gave a tough time to each other. However, Blanchfield evidently dominated the entire fight with her calculated moves from the very start. Finally, in the second round, the American fighter forced the Brazilian fighter to submit to her rear-naked choke. However, Andrade has had glorious victories in the promotion.

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In her last fight against Lauren Murphy at UFC 283, she left Murphy with a bloodied face. Furthermore, she is not ready to turn spiritless after her failure. The former strawweight champion made this clear in her post-fight interview.


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Jessica Andrade talks about her future endeavors

In a YouTube video uploaded by ESPN MMA, Andrade was seen talking to Heidi Androl backstage at UFC Vegas 69  about her future endeavors. She said “Of course, I have always said that one of the things I always wanted to do is go back to the strawweight division. I wanted to put some more roots in there, staying in that division.

She further added, “But asked for a title shot. If they once give me a title shot in the flyweight, I will take it and I will make sure that I am ready all the time. I have always said this. I am always ready for the promotion as much as they are ready for me. So I will take it.


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The Brazilian still believes that she has a lot more left to do in the strawweight division, where she was the champion. However, she states that she is ready to fight in flyweight if Valentina Shevchenko is her next opponent. The 31-year-old won the strawweight belt at UFC 237 against Rose Namajunas via knockout in the second round. Furthermore, her career had a lot of shifts in the weight divisions. The Brazilian fighter began her career in the UFC in the bantamweight division against Liz Carmouche.


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Later, she shifted to strawweight, and later on, the Brazilian fighter moved up to flyweight to fight Katlyn Chookagian, whom she was able to defeat by technical knockout in round one.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.

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