Jessica Andrade Open To Flyweight Showdown Against Miesha Tate

    ByRoss Markey

    Dec 29, 2021

    Former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade has claimed she would “love” the prospect of welcoming former bantamweight queen, Miesha Tate to the flyweight limit, amid recent hints from the latter that she is considering a division drop.

    Andrade, who made her own flyweight move back in October of last year, stopped one-time title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian with a first round knockout on ‘Fight Island’ – before dropping an April title challenge loss to the dominant, Valentina Shevchenko.

    Most recently, the Parana native knocked back Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 266 in September, rebounding to the winner’s enclosure courtesy of a unanimous judging victory.

    For Tate, the former bantamweight champion stunning snapped a November 2016 retirement back in July of this year, stopping the retiring Marion Reneau with third round strikes. 

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    The win came as the Washington favorite’s first since her 2016 championship-clinching submission over Holly Holm. 

    However, Tate would return at UFC Vegas 43 in November, dropping a one-sided unanimous decision defeat against Ketlen Vieira. And despite hopes to reclimb the bantamweight throne, Tate has recently hinted that she would consider a flyweight move after her friend, Julianna Pena, stunningly dethroned common-foe, Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 earlier this month.

    With news of Tate’s potential flyweight drop circulating, Andrade, who was initially targeting a trilogy rubber match with strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, remains open to fighting Tate as Namajunas prepares for a 2022 rematch with Carla Esparza.

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    I recently read that Miesha (Tate) is thinking about the idea of going down to 125lbs and I would love to be her first opponent in this new weight class,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. “Maybe she never thought about it, but I entered the UFC because of her, when she went to shoot TUF with Ronda (Rousey) and withdrew from a fight with Liz Carmouche, and I was signed as her replacement.

    [Tate and I] went in different directions in the organization, but I followed her this entire time in the UFC when I still competed at 135lbs,” Andrade explained. “She won the 135lbs belt right after I dropped to 115lbs. I believe that a fight between a former strawweight champion and a former bantamweight champion would be an interesting show for the fans.

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