Valentina Shevchenko is coming off of a successful title defense at UFC 255 and if UFC President Dana White has his way, it is Jessica Andrade who’ll be next for the champion.
White would like to book Andrade as the next person to challenge the women’s flyweight champion.
“I think Andrade vs. Shevchenko is a very fun fight, and the thing I love about that fight is that Shevchenko’s at a place in her career where she needs an opponent that people think actually has a chance of beating her, and I think we all know that Andrade does,” White said at the UFC 255 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “If you’re going to go out and be safe against somebody like Jennifer, what are you going to do against Andrade? Andrade is going to bring her a lot of things she’s never seen before, not to mention the power Andrade has. She just knocked the No. 2 girl in the world with a body shot She’s a real problem for Shevchenko that (Shevchenko is) going to have to figure out, and if she does, I think the fight that makes more sense is, Zhang will fight here soon, and after Weili fights, maybe you do those two.”
Andrade has just a single win in the UFC women’s flyweight division and that victory over Katlyn Chookagian earned her the #1 ranking in the division. Andrade has previously stated that she is willing to win a few more divisional bouts before challenging for the title, but it appears she won’t have to do that if White gets his wish.