Jessica Andrade promises “more focused” version of herself

UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (20-6) gave a promise to the world that we’ll be seeing a whole different version of herself at the upcoming UFC: China this Saturday.

The Brazilian is set to defend her belt against China’s Weili Zhang (19-1) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 157 in Shenzhen, China. It will be Andrade’s first title defense since she claimed the throne at UFC 237 in May.

Then the 27-year-old KO’d Rose Namajunas via brutal slam on the canvas. It seems though, Andrade wanted to improve a lot of other things in her game.

“Most girls are used to seeing me walk forward all the time and do crazy stuff. This time, I’m more focused, concentrated. I’ve been learning a lot about muay thai clinching. You’ll see a Jessica with a new arsenal of takedowns, I’m improving on this more and more. But also elbows, kicks, which were things I didn’t throw. Everybody will see me do that, it’s going to be different. She will think I’m the same, but I changed everything. Striking, grappling, I’m ready for everything. She has some hip tosses, which I’ve been drilling, trying different takedowns. It’ll be a very versatile fight. Whoever is watching won’t even be able to blink.”


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