Jessica Andrade will be kicking off the main card of this weekends UFC Fight Night 104 card, where she will be taking on former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Angela Hill.
Andrade, who has been undefeated since moving to the strawweight division, thinks a title shot isn’t far off.
“I’m coming off two great victories,” Andrade said to MMA Junkie. “I think I entered the 115-pound weight class at the right time. I gained valuable experience and technique fighting at 135, so I can put on a show at 115. I think that with one more win, I should be able to fight for the belt. Angela Hill is a great fighter. Beating her, I would be on a great three-fight win streak, especially since Angela was the Invicta champion. By winning this next bout, my fight record will be proof enough that I’ve earned my shot against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.”
Hill had a poor UFC run after a stint on the UFC Ultimate Fighter 20, but Andrade’s not underestimating her this time around.
“She’s an excellent opponent,” Andrade said. “She’s very strong, with great kickboxing. Her ground work is improving. But we always find flaws that can be exploited. I’ve studied hers. I think I’ll exceed her in speed and strength. She’s tough, but not very fast. And I have very heavy hands. I might win again in the first round, by knockout or submission. I don’t think her takedown defense is very good, so I might get her to the ground, and submit her.”
UFC Fight Night 104 takes place on Saturday, February 4 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with Dennis Bermudez and Chan Sung Jung headlining.