Jessica Andrade didn’t expect to have such a dominant performance against Claudia Gadelha at UFC Japan, and she believes it may have been enough to guarantee her another shot at the title.
“Bate-Estaca” bounced back to the win column just four months after losing to strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211, and she explained why she should be next in line for the winner of Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.
“I think the UFC will hold me to fight Joanna next because they don’t have anyone else left to fight her. With her beating Namajunas, that’s what they will likely do,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. “Joanna wants to move up to 125, but wants to beat Ronda’s record first, so who knows if I’ll be that fight, right?
“If the UFC gives me this opportunity, I’ll train even better to bring this belt to Brazil. I want to fight her before she moves up in weight.”
Andrade isn’t ruling out a win for Namajunas at UFC 217 because “anything can happen in a fight,” but she still expects Jedrzejczyk to win at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.
And if she’s given another shot at the Polish star, Andrade vowed to train smarter to avoid injuries.
“I wasn’t feeling well when I fought Joanna,” Andrade said. “I couldn’t train the last few weeks because of a shoulder injury. I couldn’t hold Joanna down.
“I didn’t mention that before because people would say it’s just an excuse. I wasn’t well, but I still gave my best in there. I was in great shape against ‘Claudinha’ and everyone saw a good show.”
If they meet again inside the Octagon, Andrade promised to put such a beating on Jedrzejczyk that Jedrzejczyk would leave the division for good.
“I’ll kick Joanna out of the division,” Andrade said. “What happens next depends on how the fight goes. If she loses by knockout or submission, in a way that doesn’t grant her a rematch, I’m sure she moves up and doesn’t try (fighting me) again. But she’s cocky, stubborn, so it depends on her mood that day. My goal is to get that belt and force her to go to 125.”