Jessica Andrade - Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion

Jessica Andrade - Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion

1. Jessica Andrade’s Details

Jessica Andrade’s Details

Name Jessica Andrade
Nickname Bate Estaca
Born Umuarama, Parana, Brazil
Date of Birth 25 September 1991
Nationality Brazil
College N/A
Last Fight August 05, 2023 in UFC
Last Weigh In 115.5 lbs
Weight Class Strawweight, Flyweight
Weight 115 lbs
Height 5’2’’
Career Disclosed Earnings $692,000
Fighting out of Parana, Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Reach 157 cm
Stance Orthodox
BJJ Rank BJJ Black Belt under Gilliard Parana
BJJ Trainer Gilliard Parana
MMA Trainer N/A
Lineage N/A
Team Association Parana Vale Tudo

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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

In 2011, Andrade was introduced to jiu-jitsu through judo, which she practiced during school.

2.4. Instructorship

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.

2.6. Nickname 

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
By Knockout 9 5 0
By Submission 8 4 0
By Decision 7 3 0
By Disqualifications 0 0 0
Draw 0 0 0

Submission Methods W/L

Methods 8 Wins 4 Losses
Guillotine Choke 6 1
Rear Naked Choke 1 2
Arm Triangle Choke 1 0
Triangle Choke 0 1

10. Jessica Andrade’s Fight History

Date Event Opponent W/L/D Method Location Time Round
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

Jessica Andrade vs Claudia Gadelha

Jessica Andrade vs Larissa Pacheco UFC Fight Night

Photo Credit: @jessicammapro

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