Jessica Andrade has expressed interest in fighting against the current UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade following her victory over Lauren Murphy.
Following her most recent victory in the octagon, the former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade is hoping to secure a title rematch with the current champion Zhang Weili. On the main card of Saturday’s UFC 283 pay-per-view in Brazil, Andrade (24-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) defeated veteran Lauren Murphy (16-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) in a lopsided, unanimous decision.
Jessica Andrade wants a title shot
Although Andrade thinks Weili will be the next step, she would be content with a title shot anywhere.
“I feel like now is the opportunity for the belt,” Andrade told reporters in Portuguese at the UFC 283 post-fight press conference. “I want to fight for the belt at 52 kilos (115 pounds), or 57 (125 pounds) if the opportunity arises as well.
“I really want that rematch with Weili. I really wanted it to be in Brazil. I went to China, so I think that would be fair. The rematch would be really cool. That’s the next step: Have the rematch with Weili.” (H/T- MMAjunkie.com)
Andrade defeated Murphy at 125 pounds, a weight class higher than the one in which Weili hopes to compete for the championship. Prior to his victory on Saturday, Andrade had defeated top strawweight contender Amanda Lemos via submission in the opening frame of their main event in April. Since losing to Valentina Shevchenko in a championship match at 125 pounds, she has won three straight matches.
The first encounter between Andrade and Weili occurred in Shenzhen, China in 2019, when Andrade, who was the strawweight champion at the time, faced off against Weili to defend her title. She was knocked out in the opening round of the battle, giving Weili his first title reign.