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Jessica Aguilar, Jodie Esquibel Rebooked for UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise

A strawweight clash pitting Jessica Aguilar against Jodie Esquibel originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica, N.Y., last week has been rebooked for UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho.
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Jessica Andrade Versus Rose Namajunas Would Be Awesome

Dominant champs are fun to root for, but the sad reality of it is that those kinds of champs can stymie division growth.

As strawweight champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk kicked a ton of butt and fed us tons of violence. But things were on the cusp of getting stale. How many times would we have to see her beat down Claudia Gadelha?

Thankfully, Rose Namajunas stepped in and TKO’d Jedrzejczyk something fierce. Now, “Thug Rose” is queen of the 115-pound females, and though they’re scheduled to rematch at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, already people have been pondering the permutations of match-ups available with Namajunas at the top.

One such ponderer is Jessica Andrade, who lost to Jedrzejczyk and must get past Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 28 this weekend before she can ask for another title shot.

Still, Andrade wouldn’t mind if Namajunas beat the former champ again.

As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s going to be a great fight between the two of them,” Andrade told MMAjunkie. “Because they’re fighting again so quickly, it’s kind of hard to imagine what’s going to happen this time around.

“I’m sure that with a win here, I should be able to get another title shot, but I don’t know what’s going to happen over there. If it’s Rose, great – I’m actually cheering for her. She’s a great representative for the sport and is a great champion. As much as I would like to get a rematch with Joanna, for this fight, I am cheering for Rose.”

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Jessica Aguilar Removed from UFC Fight Night 126 After Liva Renata Souza Withdrawal

Over the weekend, former Invicta FC standout Livia Renata Souza was forced to pull out of her Octagon debut against Jessica Aguilar at UFC Fight Night 126 due to a hand injury.
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Jessica Eye discusses flyweight cut for UFC St. Louis – ‘I feel like I’m in the right skin’

It has been a long road for mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Jessica Eye, but the former women’s bantamweight contender is finally set to make her UFC flyweight debut tomorrow night (Sun., Jan. 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 124 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MIssouri, as she takes on Brazilian finisher Kalindra Faria.

Unlike her first scheduled UFC bout at 125 pounds, which saw Paige VanZant pull out due to injury, Eye, as well as Faria, have successfully made weight and are healthy enough to compete this weekend. It will be Eye’s first fight in well over a year, as she aims to capture her first UFC win since 2014.

“Since the moment I got into the UFC, it’s been kind of a (expletive) road for me,” Eye said during Friday’s media day for UFC Fight Night 124 (h/t MMAjunkie). “From my first fight until some of the other fights that have happened. I’m glad that I took the time off that I did and I’m glad that things kind of happened the way they did.

“Because I don’t think I would appreciate this moment as much as I have. Or realized that, maybe those other moments were making me to this point.”

Most fight fans don’t know this but Eye was competing at flyweight before making her UFC debut back in 2013. The promotion did not have a 125-pound female divisions which forced “Evil” to move up and challenge the likes of proven bantamweight title threats Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann, and Bethe Correia.

“I had no choice,” Eye said about her move to 135 pounds in order to compete in UFC. “Where else was I supposed to go? At that point, I was 27 years old. What was I supposed to do? Fight locally again and see what I could do?”

Luckily, the promotion has come around and has now opened up a flyweight platform for the best female fighters around. Eye wasted little escaping the bigger bodies at bantamweight and is ready to contend for a UFC title as soon as possible.

“If I focus on me and what my skill set it, there is no 125er in the world that can outclass me, at all,” Eye said. “And I believe that.”

Unfortunately for her competition, including Faria this weekend at UFC Fight Night 124, Eye is feeling better than ever after dropping some unnecessary weight and getting back to her comfort zone.

“Have you ever run a mile before and you ran it normally, your normal weight – then put a 10-pound vest on and then run that mile?” Eye asked. “Then tell me how much slower you are. Tell me how much it changes the ability. Or how you have to be able to run that mile. You have to change the game plan and everything. It’s a little bit harder.

“I think that, now, I am allowed to be at my normal weight class. I’m able to change some things in my training. I just – I feel more like me. I feel like I’m in the right skin, if that makes sense.”

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Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres Slated for UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando

A pivotal strawweight bout is on tap for UFC on Fox 28, as Jessica Andrade will meet Tecia Torres in Orlando on Feb. 24.
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Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres Slated for UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando

A pivotal strawweight bout is on tap for UFC on Fox 28, as Jessica Andrade will meet Tecia Torres in Orlando on Feb. 24.
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Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres Slated for UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando

A pivotal strawweight bout is on tap for UFC on Fox 28, as Jessica Andrade will meet Tecia Torres in Orlando on Feb. 24.
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Following upset win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Rose Namajunas now in danger of getting KTFO by Jessica Andrade

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, opened the door for a slew of 115-pound contenders by stopping Joanna Jedrzejczyk at last weekend’s UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York City.

Watch the replay here.

Chief among them is Jessica Andrade (17-6), who retained her spot atop the strawweight rankings by thrashing Claudia Gadelha back in September. That leaves “Bate Estaca” as the likely opponent for “Thug Rose” in first-quarter 2018.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give Joanna a rematch because it makes no sense,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. “She lost by knockout in the first round. (Jose) Aldo and Ronda (Rousey) lost like that and there was no rematch. (Namajunas) is a tough opponent, that’s why she beat the champion, but I think that finding the timing and distance, I can get in and knock her out.”

Jedrzejczyk defeated Andrade by decision at UFC 211 last May.

Nothing is official at this time, as the promotion may consider giving Jedrzejczyk a chance to reclaim her crown (no bullshit), based on the ex-champ’s dominance over the division dating back to March 2015.

Time will tell.

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Back Injury Knocks Paige VanZant Out of Scheduled UFC 216 Bout Versus Jessica Eye

Paige VanZant‘s bump up to flyweight will have to wait.
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Paige VanZant vs Jessica Eye flyweight fight in the works for UFC 216

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight “it” girl Paige VanZant may be taking advantage of the promotion’s decision to implement a women’s flyweight division by meeting Jessica Eye — a former bantamweight — on middle ground at 125 pounds.

That’s according to Flo Combat.

VanZant (7-3) jumped out to three straight wins after making her Octagon debut in late 2014; however, she’s since gone 2-2 and got tapped twice in submission losses to Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson.

Perhaps eliminating a grueling weight cut will improve her chances.

While her 11-6 record is far from atrocious, Eye’s UFC run has been a complete disaster. The “Evil” mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran is just 1-5 (1 NC) since crossing over in late 2013 and currently mired in a four-fight losing streak.

On the bright side, none of them have been finishes.

VanZant vs. Eye is targeted for the UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, marking the 10th city — and 24th fight card overall — to land in Canada.

A main event has yet to be revealed.

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