Andrade Volunteered To Fight Shevchenko At UFC 228
Jessica Andrade felt obligated to step-in to replace now former flyweight champion Nicco Montaño at UFC 228 on Saturday night.
Scheduled to face Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a strawweight bout at the event in Dallas, Andrade told reporters at the post-fight presser that she volunteered to replace the then flyweight champion against Valentina Shevchenko.
Montaño was to defend her 125-pound championship for the first time in the division’s history, but was hospitalized prior to Friday’s weigh-in. Andrade, who competed at 135 pounds earlier in her UFC career, said that the local athletic commission didn’t allow her to move up to face Shevchenko.
“I even offered to fight for the belt if they agreed to, but since they had already weighed me and done all the work, I wasn’t allowed by the athletic commission,” Andrade said, “But I’m happy I was able to help the promotion, help the UFC with a great show and excite people.”
Instead, UFC President Dana White would strip Montaño of the title, and announced that Shevchenko will fight for the vacant title later this year against an undetermined opponent. Conversely, Andrade would take less than two minutes to drop Kowalkiewicz for a knockout victory.
“I think that’s my job, to go in there and excite everyone who’s watching,” Andrade said. “To give my best and knock people out, and that’s what I did tonight.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting