Andrade Expected To Lose First Round Against Rose

Walking into the Octagon on May 11th, Jessica Andrade expected to lose the first round against now former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas.

“My master told me in the locker room, ‘If she tries to go for an armbar or a guillotine, slam her. Don’t give her your back,’” Andrade said. “We trained that in the locker room. He told me not to worry about losing the first round, it was meant to be like that so we could see what we had to go for in the next rounds.”

“I’ll tell you this, it didn’t bother me,” Andrade said of the criticism sent her way for her controversial slam to win the title. “I think that those who said that don’t really understand about fighting because I didn’t do a spike, it was a slam. She went down like that because she kept holding my arm. If you watch my fights, I do that all the time. I’ve done that against Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), against Claudia Gadelha, against Tecia Torres. It was a slam. So, yeah, it doesn’t bother me.”

With potential challenges coming from the winner of Nina Ansaroff and Tatiana Suarez at UFC 238 or Michelle Waterson, Andrade feels former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk needs to earn her shot at the title.

“Everybody expects me to fight Joanna, but she has to work and try to get another opportunity to fight for the belt,” Andrade said. “When I fought her and lost, I had to get back in there and win three fights against the three high-ranked fighters to earn another chance.”

“For her to fight me, she has to do the same,” Andrade said of her journey to gain a second title shot.

“She has to get some wins, fight the higher-ranked girls, and then, if she wins, she’ll have the chance to fight me. I do believe that the next in line will be the winner of Nina vs. Tatiana or Michelle Waterson. I’ll wait. When the UFC calls me, I’ll be ready.”

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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