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Jessica Andrade Is Willing to Take a Lower-Ranked Opponent For Her Next Fight

May 15, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Jessica Andrade - UFC Fight Night 117

Jessica Andrade spoke with MMAjunkie about her next fight, sticking in strawweight and more. Highlights are below:

On her next fight: “I’m doing great, both mentally and in terms of training. I’m waiting for my next fight. It might happen that I fight for the belt, but for me, I’m good with whoever comes (next). I’d like to do another fight before I fight for the belt – even for financial reasons because we need to be in a good place to do a camp for a title fight.”

On having trouble getting an opponent: “The biggest difficulty I’m having is finding opponents. I’ve asked for Karolina, who’s one of the highest-ranked (strawweights). She doesn’t want to fight me. Joanna already has a fight booked against Tecia, so that’s someone who’s out of the question. And Namajunas only wants to fight in October, so that’ll be very hard for me. I can’t find opponents. The girls don’t want to fight. I’ve been asking the UFC all the time. I think it’s been hard to find girls who want to fight me. But I’m waiting. I’ll wait. Who knows, maybe Namajunas will want to fight before that and I’ll have that title shot before I imagined.”

On who she’s looking to fight: “I’d like to fight anyone in the division, out of the top five. But there probably won’t be anyone. So it could be a top-10 (opponent). That would still work for me. Because if Namajunas won’t fight until October, that’s too long for me to wait. So I’d have to do another fight to be able to have money to do a good camp for the belt.”

On staying in strawweight: “The division has been very good for me, so I don’t feel like changing. But if there was a special fight for me in the upper division I’d for sure take it.”

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Jessica Andrade, Jeremy Thomas