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What Does Jessica Andrade’s Nickname ‘Bate Estaca’ Mean? BJJ Connection Behind UFC Star’s Moniker

Published 04/07/2024, 4:28 AM EDT

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Nicknames are often an indication of a fighter’s personality. As such, a lot of fighters have monikers that separate them from one another. Hence, we will be looking at just that, with the nickname of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade being the focus of our attention today, as she gets up for her fight at UFC 300.

Jessica Andrade is one of many Brazilian fighters to have a unique nickname. She’s called ‘Bate Estaca‘. What does that mean? Well, apparently her nickname has a connection to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Let’s take a deeper look at it.

Jessica Andrade’s nickname derives its origins from a wrestling move

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Jessica Andrade’s nickname ‘Bate Estaca’ means ‘Piledriver’. Yes, it is a popular wrestling move, immortalized by legends like Mick Foley, The Undertaker, and many more. However, pile drivers are not allowed in the world of grappling, especially in BJJ. Andrade got her nickname from her teammates, and in Brazil, most people use ‘Bate Estaca’ as a term to refer to body slams. Interestingly, she got that moniker after an incident during a grappling match.

Jessica Andrade earned her blue belt in jiu-jitsu after competing against a much larger opponent more than a decade ago. She was in a predicament during that fight after finding herself getting caught in an armbar submission. She seemed worried about losing the fight, so Andrade slammed her opponent on her head, getting disqualified in the process. The 32-year-old Brazilian has since been stuck with the ‘Bate Estaca’ nickname ever since. Nevertheless, we will now have to turn our attention to Andrade’s upcoming fight. The former champion will face a formidable opponent in Marina Rodriguez next Saturday.

Andrade’s trying to get back to her winning ways

Jessica Andrade has never been the same after losing her strawweight title in 2019. Since then, she has racked up more losses than victories, having lost thrice in her last four fights. Moreover, Andrade is going to take on fellow Brazilian Marina Rodriguez, who seems to have a better record than ‘Bate Estaca’ even though she has less experience fighting inside the Octagon.

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Both Jessica Andrade and Marina Rodriguez secured wins in their last fights. Hence, both fighters have the momentum on their side. Moreover, Andrade and Rodriguez will be the first women’s matchup of the evening at UFC 300, and they would look to put on a fight of their lives at the historic PPV to create an everlasting memory that will go down in the history books.

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Many fans have expressed their dissatisfaction with the UFC 300 card given how successful UFC 299 was. Despite what fans have to say, the card features some of the best fighters the promotion has to offer. It remains to be seen what the outcome of the event turns out to be and if Jessica Andrade can grab another win on the trot.

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Himanga Mahanta

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Himanga Mahanta is a senior UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An all-rounder in his coverage of the sport, Himanga is a reliable voice with a knack for providing analytical coverage of breaking stories from the world of MMA. His 1700+ articles include perspective pieces on trending UFC stories, and both live and post-event coverage of weekly events.
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