UFC Shenzen: Jessica Andrade Vs. Rose Namajunas Fight Replay
With a vicious second round slam, Jessica Andrade ended the reign atop the UFC strawweight division of Rose Namajunas and started her own.
Jessica Andrade captivated her home country when she became the UFC strawweight champion with a victory over Rose Namajunas earlier this year at UFC 237.
Andrade scored the win – and title in the process – with a vicious slam in the second round. She is set to make her first defense this Saturday morning when the UFC heads to China against Weili Zhang live on ESPN+.
UFC 237: Jessica Andrade Vs. Rose Namajunas
The 27-year-old Andrade has picked up four consecutive victories since a 2017 loss to then-UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211 via decision. While she was unsuccessful that night, Andrade showed just how close she was to becoming a champion by pushing Jedrzejczyk the full 25 minutes. Related: Jessica Andrade Shows Off UFC Title, Naked Body (Picture)
Later that year, she rebounded with a decision win vs. fellow top contender Claudia Gadelha, adding another decision to begin 2018 over Tecia Torres to the resume. At UFC 228, Andrade cemented her status as the No. 1 contender by knocking out Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the first round in a “Performance of the Night” showing. Related: UFC 237 Results: Jessica Andrade Slams Her Way To Championship
Andrade also claimed a bonus with her finish vs. Namajunas, adding to a pair of “Fight of the Night” awards in bouts vs. Jedrzejczyk and Angela Hill. She also holds a “Performance of the Night” bonus from a 2016 finish of former champion Jessica Penne.
UFC Fight Night 157: Andrade Vs. Zhang
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UFC Strawweight Championship
Jessica Andrade (c) vs. Weili Zhang
Welterweight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Li Jingliang
Flyweight: Kai Kara-France vs. Mark De La Rosa
Featherweight: Zhenhong Lu vs. Movsar Evoloev
Female Flyweight: Yanan Wu vs. Mizuki Inoue
Welterweight: Kenan Song vs. Derrick Krantz
Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez vs. Jun Yong Park
Bantamweight: Mudaerji Su vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Light Heavyweight: Da Un Jung vs. Khadis Ibragimov
Lightweight: Damir Ismagulov vs. Thiago Moises
Female Bantamweight: Karolline Rosa Cavedo vs. Lara Fritzen Procopio
Bantamweight: Batgerel Danaa vs. Heili Alateng