JJ Aldrich

USA

Easy victory in Vegas
FlyweightUFC
August 28, 2021
Aldrich defeated Vanessa Demopoulos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Aldrich, who was initially scheduled to face Tracy Cortez, had no difficulties with the opponent change. It was expected that the debuting Demopoulos would represent a much easier fight for Aldrich in her first bout since this past March and that turned out to be exactly the case. Never known as much of a wrestler, Aldrich managed to score a takedown in Round 1 and rack up nearly a full round's worth of control time (4:19) over the course of the fight. Aldrich's ceiling is limited by the lack of power in her hands and the fact she doesn't have a submission win in her career, but the 29-year-old has now won two straight and three of her past four.
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Gets new opponent
FlyweightUFC
August 20, 2021
Aldrich will face Vanessa Demopoulos at UFC Vegas 35 on Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldrich was initially slated to face Tracy Cortez, who was forced to withdraw from the event for an unspecified reason. However, she'll get a new opponent on short notice. Demopoulos will be making her UFC debut after she posted a 6-3 record to begin her professional career. Aldrich returned to the win column in March when she defeated Cortney Casey via split decision. Aldrich has advantages in height and reach.
Needs new opponent
FlyweightUFC
August 17, 2021
Aldrich will need a new opponent after Tracy Cortez (undisclosed) withdrew from their Aug. 28 fight, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Per King, the UFC is attempting to find a new opponent for Aldrich despite the short notice.
August 28 bout on tap
FlyweightUFC
June 9, 2021
Aldrich will take on Tracy Cortez in a flyweight bout at the UFC event on August 28, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldrich is coming off a split decision victory over Cortney Casey back in March. That pushed her UFC record to 5-3. She will have a tough matchup on tap with Cortez, who has won her last nine fights overall and gone 3-0 under the UFC banner.
Barely gets by Cortney Casey
FlyweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Aldrich defeated Cortney Casey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time in nearly 14 months, Aldrich got lucky that the judges preferred her four takedowns and 5:44 worth of control time to Casey's significant edge in the striking game. Although she emerged victorious here, this fight highlighted some concerns regarding Aldrich's game. She was dominated by Casey on the feet and since she doesn't have a submission win in her career, it's difficult to see where Aldrich's offense is going to come from moving forward. Aldrich was far more intriguing when she joined the company in her early-to-mid 20's back in 2016. She's set to turn 29 years of age this summer and that potential upside she had upon arrival has all but vanished. Aldrich has alternated wins and losses in her past five fights.
Returning in March
FlyweightUFC
February 25, 2021
Aldrich (hand) is book against Cortney Casey at the UFC's event on March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldrich is coming off a 180-day injury suspension due to a right hand injury. Now back to full health, she'll look to bounce back after losing two of her last three fights. Casey boasts a two-inch height advantage over Aldrich, but both fighter's reach are nearly the same.