Former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade is eyeing a return to 115 lbs following her flyweight main event opposing Erin Blanchfield this weekend at UFC Vegas 69.

Andrade is 3-1 at 125 lbs, only losing to champion Valentina Shevchenko, though she did just drop down to 115 lbs for one fight in April of 2022 where she submitted no. 3 ranked strawweight contender Amanda Lemos in the first round. And, she thinks with a win over a prodigy like Blanchfield that she’ll be in a great position to rematch Weili Zhang for the UFC strawweight title.

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The 31 year old former champion made the following statement at UFC Vegas 69 media day:

“I’ve said this to everyone, all year long, that want to remain a strawweight. I set my goals and that’s where I want to stay. I think that coming off four straight victories, I’m actually closer to facing Weili. On that subject, I went to China to face Weili. I went in there, I went to her. We can fight in Las Vegas, that (would) be great, or anywhere in the United States, but this is second nature to her.

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“She’s spent her time at the PI, she’s done camps here, so I want to take her out to Brazil because I went to China to face her. I want to move her out of her comfort zone. I went to her, so why not do it for me? But I want to stay at strawweight, I’ve said it all along. Again, four straight wins and coming off against a prospect, I think I will be considered over here for a really clear shot at Weili.”

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