Jessica Andrade: I’m ready to step into title shot at 125, 135, 145

Jessica Andrade

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade found making 116 increasingly difficult, so she moved up to flyweight. The results were spectacular. Bata Estaca (Pile Driver) defeated #1 contender Katlyn Chookagian with two devastating body shots in Round 1, and becoming the first female fighter in the UFC to win in three different weight classes. At the post-fight press conference, Andrade said she wants division champion Valentina Shevchenko.

“I feel really good,” said Andrade. “It’s one more accomplishment – one win in another division. I have to thank my master, my team, my wife – and let’s go to the next.”

“I think I can make a difference in this division. I think I can put up a fight against Valentina. It’s something that should have happened already in other organizations, so I think I’m going to make a difference and put on shows in this division.”

UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is scheduled to defend her belt, for the fourth time, vs. Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 on November 21. If either fighter pulls out, Andrade is ready. Further, she says she’s ready to step in at bantamweight. Or featherweight.

“For sure,” she said. “I’m going to stay ready. If that happens, I’ll be there if needed. In any other division – 135, 145 – I’ll be ready. I haven’t felt this happy and haven’t had this vigor to fight. I just feel very good tonight.”

Looking at the UFC women’s 125 rankings from last week, there is no question that Andrade deserves a shot:

1. Katlyn Chookagian
2. Jennifer Maia
3. Cynthia Calvillo
4. Lauren Murphy
5. Jessica Eye
6. Joanne Calderwood
7. Roxanne Modafferi
8. Viviane Araujo
9. Andrea Lee
10. Maycee Barber
11. Alexis Davis
12. Montana De La Rosa
13. Antonina Shevchenko
14. Alexa Grasso
15. Gillian Robertson

 h/t Nolan King and John Morgan for MMA Junkie