Table of Contents
- 1. Jessica Andrade’s Details
- 2. Jessica Andrade’s Biography
- 2.1. Early Life
- 2.2. Soccer Player
- 2.3. Introduction to Jiu-Jitsu
- 2.4. Instructorship
- 2.5. Competitive Accomplishments
- 2.6. Nickname
- 2.7. Personal Life
- 3. Jessica Andrade’s MMA Career
- 4. Jessica Andrade’s UFC Career
- 4.1. UFC Debut
- 4.2. UFC Fight Night
- 4.3. UFC 171
- 4.4. UFC Night 51
- 4.5. UFC Fight Night 61
- 4.6. UFC 191
- 4.7. Awarded with “Fight Of The Night”
- 5. UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
- 5.1. Transition to Strawweight
- 5.2. Jessica Andrade Defeated Joanne Calderwood
- 5.3. UFC 207
- 5.4. Moved to Flyweight
- 5.5. Return to Strawweight
- 6. Upcoming Fight
- 7. Jessica Andrade’s Historic Fights
- 7.1. Jessica Andrade vs. Larissa Pacheco
- 7.2. Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- 7.3. Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
- 8. Jessica Andrade’s MMA Championships
- 9. Jessica Andrade’s Professional Record Breakdown
- 10. Jessica Andrade’s Fight History
- 11. Top Fight Links
1. Jessica Andrade’s Details
|Born||Umuarama, Parana, Brazil|
|Date of Birth||25 September 1991|
|Last Fight||August 05, 2023 in UFC|
|Last Weigh In||115.5 lbs|
|Weight Class||Strawweight, Flyweight|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||$692,000|
|Fighting out of||Parana, Brazil|
|Foundational Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|BJJ Rank||BJJ Black Belt under Gilliard Parana|
|BJJ Trainer||Gilliard Parana|
|Team Association||Parana Vale Tudo|
2. Jessica Andrade’s Biography
Jessica Andrade was born in Umuarama, Parana, Brazil, on September 25, 1991. Andrade started martial arts in her teenage years. She holds the sixth rank in the Ultimate Fighting Champion in the strawweight division and is the only woman to have won fights in three different weight classes in UFC history. She received the Fight of the Night award four times. Andrade is also a BJJ black belt under Gilliard Parana.
2.1. Early Life
Andrade is the daughter of Julio and Neusa Andrade. Andrade is a Brazilian national through her great-grandmother. During her childhood, Andrade and her older brother worked on their parents’ farm until the farm was nationalized. At the age of 14, Andrade took different jobs, including delivering medicine for a drug store.
2.2. Soccer Player
Andrade wanted to be a professional soccer player, so while growing up, she spent most of her time playing soccer. Andrade achieved her dream of becoming successful in soccer and received an offer to play for a Sao Paulo club. However, her parents refused to allow her to go.
2.3. Introduction to Jiu-Jitsu
Andrade began her martial arts training at Gracie Humaita in Umuarama and trained there for her first six professional fights. Afterward, she moved to Niteroi to train at Parana Vale Tudo.
2.5. Competitive Accomplishments
Andrade paved her way to success after winning eight of her first ten fights in Brazil. She competed outside Brazil for the first time in 2013 and won the tournament. Since then, Andrade has been competing at various international levels and has made a successful career in MMA.
Andrade was nicknamed “Bate Estaca” by her teammates, a Brazilian term used for body slams. She earned this nickname after her first BJJ competition, where she panicked and performed an illegal move on her opponent by lifting and slamming her head directly into the mat. However, she was immediately disqualified after this action.
2.7. Personal Life
Andrade married her girlfriend Fernanda in 2019. Unfortunately, they got divorced in 2023. In 2019, an unfortunate event occurred in the couple's lives in Brazil, where they were robbed at gunpoint, and their car and phones were stolen.
3. Jessica Andrade’s MMA Career
3.1. MMA Debut
On September 6, 2011, Andrade made her first professional MMA debut while training at Gracie Humaita.
3.2. Moved to Niteroi
Andrade moved to Niteroi to train at Parana Vale Tudo after being successful in her first six fights.
3.3. ProFC 47: Russia vs. Europe
In 2013, Andrade competed at the international level for the first time at ProFC 47: Russia vs. Europe, where she submitted Milana Dudieva.
4. Jessica Andrade’s UFC Career
4.1. UFC Debut
Andrade made her first UFC debut on July 23, 2013, against Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga after replacing Miesha Tate. Andrade lost the fight in the 2nd round via TKO.
4.2. UFC Fight Night
Andrade competed for the second time in the UFC on October 26, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 30 against Rosi Sexton. Andrade won the fight with a dominant unanimous decision.
4.3. UFC 171
Andrade competed at UFC 171 against Raquel Pennington and won the back-and-forth fight with a split decision. However, she was scheduled to fight against TUF 18 women’s winner Julianna Pena, but she was pulled out of the bout due to an injury to her right knee.
4.4. UFC Night 51
In September 2014, after signing her new four-fight contract, Andrade was expected to have her first bout against Valerie Letourneau at UFC Fight Night 51. However, Letourneau withdrew after suffering an injury, and Andrade fought with Larissa Pacheco. Andrade won the fight in the first round with a submission.
4.5. UFC Fight Night 61
Andrade competed at UFC Fight Night 61 on February 22, 2015, against Marion Reneau. Andrade lost the fight via a quick submission.
4.6. UFC 191
Andrade competed at UFC 191 against Requel Pennington. Andrade lost the fight in the second round via submission.
4.7. Awarded with “Fight Of The Night”
Andrade has been awarded four times with the “Fight of the Night” award.
5. UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
5.1. Transition to Strawweight
In October 2015, Andrade decided to move to the strawweight division. In her new weight division, Andrade faced the former title challenger Jessica Penne at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016, and won the one-sided bout in the second round via TKO.
5.2. Jessica Andrade Defeated Joanne Calderwood
In September 2016, Andrade competed at UFC 203 against Joanne Calderwood. She defeated Calderwood in the first round via submission.
5.3. UFC 207
In December 2016, after signing the new eight-fight contract, Andrade was scheduled to compete at UFC 207 with Maryna Moroz. However, Moroz couldn’t compete due to an injury, and Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Angela Hill was considered a replacement. Nevertheless, the fight couldn’t take place for that event due to a rule in the UFC’s anti-doping policy with USADA. Consequently, Andrade was withdrawn from that competition, but the pairing remained the same for the rescheduled bout, which took place on February 4, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie. Andrade won the competition by unanimous decision.
5.4. Moved to Flyweight
After losing two consecutive fights in the strawweight division, Andrade began competing in the flyweight division. After winning her first flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, Andrade became the first woman in UFC history to win in three different weight divisions: bantamweight, flyweight, and strawweight.
5.5. Return to Strawweight
In April 2022, Andrade competed again in the strawweight at UFC Fight Night 205. She defeated Amanda Lemos in the first round with a standing arm-triangle choke, making history in the UFC as she was the first woman to perform this submission. She was given Performance of the Night after this win.
6. Upcoming Fight
Andrade is scheduled to fight against Mackenzie Dern on November 11, 2023.
7. Jessica Andrade’s Historic Fights
7.1. Jessica Andrade vs. Larissa Pacheco
In September 2014, Jessica Andrade competed with Larissa Pacheco at the UFC Fight Night. At the beginning of the fight, Andrade took down Pacheco and started punching her. Pacheco tried to escape the takedown, but Andrade maintained her dominant position and applied pressure. At last, Andrade won the fight by submitting Pacheco with the guillotine choke.
7.2. Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Andrade competed with Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 in the strawweight division. Andrade executed an exceptional kimura technique and took Namajunas down, transitioning straight into an armbar. But Namajunas escaped the position. After two minutes into the match, Andrade won the fight with a slam knockout and earned the Fight of the Night award.
7.3. Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
Andrade faced Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami in the strawweight division. At the beginning of the fight, Gadelha started landing punches on Andrade, delivering fierce punches to her head, which caused her to bleed. However, Andrade quickly recovered and retaliated with a strong attack. She executed a take down and began punching Gadelha’s head and body. In the end, Andrade won the fight by decision.
8. Jessica Andrade’s MMA Championships
8.1. MMA Junkie
- Fight of the Month vs. Claudia Gadelha September 2017
- Fight of the Month vs. Rose Namajunas May 2019
- 2020 July Fight of the Month vs. Rose Namajunas
- Submission of the Month vs. Amanda Lemos April 2022
8.2. Ultimate Fighting Championships
- UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
- Five Times Performance of the Night
- Most Performance of the Night bonuses in the UFC Women’s history
- Four Times Fight of the Night
- Second most wins record in UFC Women’s History after Amanda Nunes
- Most bouts in the UFC Women's history
- 2nd most finishes in the UFC Women’s history
- Most Finishes in history of the Strawweight Division of UFC
- Most knockouts in the UFC Women’s Strawweight history
- 4th most takedowns done in the history of UFC Women’s Strawweight division.
- The sixth most significant strike happened in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division history
- The Only woman to fight in three weight divisions in UFC history
- First standing arm-triangle choke submission in UFC history
- 2022 Submission of the Year
8.3. Bleacher’s Report
- 2022 Submission of the Year vs. Amanda Lemos
9. Jessica Andrade’s Professional Record Breakdown
|36 Matches||24 Wins||12 Losses||Draws|
Submission Methods W/L
|Methods||8 Wins||4 Losses|
|Rear Naked Choke||1||2|
|Arm Triangle Choke||1||0|
10. Jessica Andrade’s Fight History
|September 6, 2011||Sagaz Combat||Weidy Borges||W||TKO (punches)||Umarama, Brazil||3:40||2|
|November 19, 2011||Wako Grand Prix 3||Bruna Fernandes||W||TKO (punches)||Avare, Brazil||2:06||1|
|May 5, 2012||Nitrix: Champion Fight 11||Kimberly Novaes||L||TKO (punches and knees)||Joinville, Brazil||2:42||2|
|May 20, 2012||Heavy Fighting Championship 1||Lilian Correia||W||KO (Punch to the body)||Cascavel, Brazil||N/A||2|
|August 28, 2012||Ring of Fire 4: In the Faive||Juliana Silva||W||Submission (guillotine choke)||Presidente Vencesiau, Brazil||1:14||1|
|September 8, 2012||Bitetti Combat 12: Oswaldo Paqueta||Duda Yankovich||W||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||3:02||1|
|September 15, 2012||Strike Combat||Alessandra Silva||W||Submission (guillotine choke)||Foz do Iguacu, Brazil||3:28||1|
|October 13, 2012||Heavy Fighting Championship 2||Vanessa Silva||W||TKO (punches)||Cascavel, Brazil||1:15||1|
|December 15, 2012||Samurai FC 9: Water vs. Fire||Jennifer Maia||L||Decision (unanimous)||Curitiba, Brazil||5:00||3|
|January 27, 2013||Web Fight Combat 1||Luciana Pereira||W||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||3:35||2|
|April 14, 2013||ProFC 47: Russia vs. Europe||Milana Dudieva||W||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rostov-on-Don, Russia||4:34||2|
|July 27, 2013||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||Liz Carmouche||L||TKO (punches and elbows)||Seattle, Washington, United States||3:57||2|
|October 26, 2013||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||Rosi Sexton||W||Decision (unanimous)||Manchester, England||5:00||3|
|March 15, 2014||UFC 171||Raquel Pennington||W||Decision (split)||Dallas, Texas, United States||5:00||3|
|September 13, 2014||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Ariovski||Larissa Pacheco||W||Submission (guillotine)||Brasilia, Brazil||4:33||1|
|February 22, 2015||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir||Marion Reneau||L||Submission (triangle choke)||Porto Alegre, Brazil||1:54||1|
|July 15, 2015||UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee||Sarah Moras||W||Decision (unanimous)||San Diego, California, United States||5:00||3|
|September 5, 2015||UFC 191||Raquel Pennington||L||Submission (rear naked choke)||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||4:58||2|
|June 4, 2016||UFC 199||Jessica Penne||W||TKO (punches)||Inglewood, California, United States||2:56||2|
|September 10, 2016||UFC 203||Joanne Caiderwood||W||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||4:38||1|
|February 4, 2017||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie||Angela Hill||W||Decision (unanimous)||Houston, Texas, United States||5:00||3|
|May 13, 2017||UFC 211||Joanna Jedrzejczyk||L||Decision (unanimous)||Dallas, Texas, United States||5:00||5|
|September 23, 2017||UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami||Claudia Gadelha||W||Decision (unanimous)||Saitama, Japan||5:00||3|
|February 24, 2018||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||Tecia Torres||W||Decision (unanimous)||Orlando, Florida, United States||5:00||3|
|September 8, 2018||UFC 228||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||W||KO (punches)||Dallas, Texas, United States||1:58||1|
|May 11, 2019||UFC 237||Rose Namajunas||W||KO (slam)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2:58||2|
|August 31, 2019||UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang||Zhang Weili||L||TKO (knees and punches)||Shenzhen, China||0:42||1|
|July 12, 2020||UFC 251||Rose Namajunas||L||Decision (split)||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||5:00||3|
|October 18, 2020||UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie||Katlyn Chookagian||W||KO (punches to the body)||Abu Dhabi, UAE||4:55||1|
|April 24, 2021||UFC 261||Valentina Shevchenko||L||TKO (elbows)||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||3:19||2|
|September 25, 2021||UFC 266||Cynthia Calvillo||W||TKO (punches)||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||4:54||1|
|April 23, 2022||UFC Fight Night: Lemos vs. Andrade||Amanda Lemos||W||Submission (am triangle choke)||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||3:13||1|
|January 21, 2023||UFC 283||Lauren Murphy||W||Decision (unanimous)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||5:00||3|
|February 18, 2023||UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Blanchfield||Erin Blanchfield||L||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||1:37||2|
|May 6, 2023||UFC 288||Yan Xiaonan||L||KO (punches)||Newark, New Jersey, United States||2:20||1|
|August 5, 2023||UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Font||Tatiana Suarez||L||Submission (guillotine choke)||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||1:31||2|
11. Top Fight Links
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade UFC 261 FULL FIGHT
Jessica Andrade vs Claudia Gadelha
Jessica Andrade vs Larissa Pacheco UFC Fight Night
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