Jessica Andrade

Bate Estaca

Brazil

Taking on Amanda Lemos
FlyweightUFC
January 21, 2022
Andrade will face Amanda Lemos on April 23, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Andrade will drop down from flyweight to strawweight for the contest. She's coming off a dominant first-round TKO victory over Cynthia Calvillo in September but hadn't been in her best form prior to that, winning just one of her previous four fights. Lemos, on the other hand, has been on a roll, winning five straight matches.
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Easily dispatches Cynthia Calvillo
FlyweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Andrade defeated Cynthia Calvillo via TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 1 at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
With this appearance, Andrade became this first women in UFC history to reach 20 fights with the company. This was a strong stylistic matchup for Andrade, and it played out exactly as expected. Not respecting the power of Calvillo, Andrade pushed forward for the duration off the bout, firing off combinations at will. Some connected, some didn't, but the final one left Calvillo in a prone position along the fence, and Andrade unloaded with everything but the kitchen sink to score the stoppage before Round 1 ended. This fight was contested at flyweight, but Andrade hopes to move back down to strawweight for her next bout and challenge the winner of the upcoming title fight between Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang. She is 1-1 against Rose, and 0-1 against Zhang.
September fight booked
FlyweightUFC
June 10, 2021
Andrade will take on Cynthia Calvillo in a flyweight bout at UFC 266 on Sept. 25, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Andrade lost to Valentina Shevchenko for the 125-pound title in April by TKO. Prior to that she was able to defeated Katlyn Chookagain via first round TKO. Calvillo will be looking to bounce back after a loss of her own back in November.
Dominated in title fight
FlyweightUFC
April 24, 2021
Andrade came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Valentina Shevchenko via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of Round 2 at UFC 261 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Andrade never had a prayer. In just her second fight at flyweight, Andrade was dominated from bell-to-bell by a next-level physical force. Of course, none of this comes as a surprise. All of Andrade's success came at 115 pounds, while Shevchenko nearly defeated Amanda Nunes twice at 135 pounds. Andrade never would have been in this position had the UFC had any other options at flyweight, but as we all well know, they do not. Ultimately, this result says far less about Andrade than Shevchenko. Jessica can still be a perfectly competent strawweight, but she isn't within a million miles of Valentina.
Gets title shot at 125
FlyweightUFC
February 24, 2021
Andrade will challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 261 on April 24, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Following an unsuccessful attempt to gain back her UFC Strawweight Championship, Andrade moved up to flyweight and started things off with a first-round finish against top contender Katlyn Chookagian. Andrade overcame significant height and reach disadvantages in that fight -- something she'll have to get used to at flyweight. She'll be giving up four inches in both departments to the current champion. Andrade will presumably look to negate those aspects by pursuing takedowns early and often, though Shevchenko sports a respectable 75 percent takedown defense and has only been taken down once during her six-fight winning streak. Andrade also throws a higher striking volume, though Shevchenko is statistically much better defensively. It will be one of Shevchenko's tougher title defenses to date, but still look for Andrade to enter as a betting underdog.
Punishing body shot leads to win
FlyweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Andrade defeated Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (punches to the body) at 4:55 of Round 1 UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Andrade was able to get her wrestling going in Round 1, but it was a short hook to the body as the two separated from a clinch that hurt Chookagian, causing her to turn and walk away from her opponent in pain. Andrade swarmed on Chookagain from there, landing one more body hook to close the show. Andrade was unlikely to get another shot at the straweight title on the back of a two-fight losing streak but just stopped the No. 1 contender at flyweight in convincing fashion, which should net her an instant opportunity due to the shallow talent pool at the top. Andrade improves to 21-8 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.