Jessica Andrade is accustomed to outmuscling her opposition, however Valentina Shevchenko gave her a style of her personal drugs once they fought at UFC 261.
After a fast end of former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian, former UFC strawweight champion Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) challenged reigning flyweight champ Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in April. Looking to neutralize Shevchenko’s placing together with her grappling, Andrade was caught off guard when she was the one taken down and ultimately completed on the bottom.
“I was somewhat surprised when I faced Valentina,” Andrade instructed MMA Junkie. “We put collectively a method for her, however she introduced a special sport. After she took me down, I discovered myself within the place I deliberate to have her. That’s my sport – it’s what I do in my fights. It confused me that she took me down, in my type, since she’s such a superb striker. But every battle is exclusive.
“Someone has to win, and someone has to lose. It wasn’t my day. With a rematch, I’m very confident I’ll be ready for everything – takedowns and striking. I feel if she had chosen to use her boxing or muay Thai, I would have done a lot better.”
Andrade’s street again to a title shot begins Saturday when she opens up the UFC 266 principal card towards Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC), a problem she isn’t taking frivolously.
“I see Cynthia as a great fighter,” Andrade stated. “She has a very good record in the UFC. Despite coming from a loss, she’s not a weak opponent. I’ve been training everywhere to get ready for her. I feel I’m going to do well. At flyweight, I don’t have to cut as much weight, so I feel very strong. She’s not much taller, so height won’t be a factor. I’m confident we’ll have an excellent fight and will be putting on a show.”
Andrade, who’s misplaced three of her previous 4, stays the No. 1 ranked flyweight having misplaced to simply the champion. But regardless of holding the highest spot, the Brazilian is aware of she’ll doubtless want a couple of extra wins earlier than incomes one other crack on the title.
“I’m very happy with my spot,” Andrade stated. “Even having misplaced lately, I misplaced to champions. It wasn’t to simply anybody. I stay properly ranked. Whenever I’ve switched weight lessons, I discovered myself in a great place. At strawweight, I used to be No. 2, climbed to at least one, and ultimately grew to become the champion. I lately entered flyweight. I gained my first bout, and misplaced the subsequent one to Valentina Shevchenko, who’s the present champion. And I stay ranked at No. 1.
“As such, I’m very happy with my performances and my work. Each loss gives further motivation to train harder and return better. At least, that’s how it is with me. Now I’m looking forward to another win. And, without a doubt, if I beat one or two opponents after that, I’ll get another shot at the belt. I’m satisfied with the work I’ve been putting in with my team.”