Jasmine Jasudavicius plans to use her size advantage at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 83 on Aug. 13.
The Canadian will make her strawweight debut against Elise Reed for the vacant CFFC belt at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. After fighting three times at 125-pounds and one bout at a 122-pound catchweight, Jasudavicus will face Reed, who made her professional debut at 105-pounds.
“I think that will be a pretty big advantage,” Jasudavicius said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing her at the weigh-ins because you never actually know how small the person is. I’ve gotten fights before at 120 or 125 that I’m like, ‘This girl says she’s 5’5″, but then we go and weigh in and she is the same size as me.”
A move down to strawweight was always on the agenda for Jasudavicius. Late-notice fights at flyweight kept her fighting at 125-pounds.
She requested a 115-pound matchup in her last fight, but her opponent, Gabriella Gulfin asked for a 122-pound catchweight instead. Jasudavicius won by first-round TKO in her promotional debut at CFFC 81 this past February.
The 31-year-old has made 115 pounds before as an amateur. With time off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5-foot 7-inch fighter has time to make the cut to 115 pounds.
She plans to make her bout on UFC Fight Pass, one of many in the strawweight division.
“With this kind of going on I was able to get a 115 pound fight and yeah, I’m looking to stay at 115 for sure,” Jasudavicius said. “I feel like cutting weight is more of a mental thing than anything, that’s why I don’t mind going down to 115.”
The CFFC title
Reed’s 1-0 record as a professional is slightly misleading compared to her experience in the cage. Reed fought 12 times since making her amateur debut in July 2013.
The 27-year-old made her professional debut back in October, earning a first-round TKO victory against Rebecca Bryggman at Bellator 231.
Jasudavicius welcomes the challenge of Reed’s standup prowess. She also expects to see a different fighter compared to what she’s seen of Reed on film.
“She throws a lot of kicks, so she has good leg dexterity,” Jasudavicius said. “I’m not going to gauge on her last fight because everyone changes. Especially during this quarantine time. Even guys in the gym, they are trying different things, trying new things, who knows what person is going to come out.”
With a win over Reed, Jasudavicius has the chance to join elite company. The CFFC strawweight strap was last held by Miranda Granger, who is 1-1 inside the octagon.
Former UFC title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian also held the CFFC flyweight and bantamweight before signing with the UFC. Jasudavicius could follow suit as a dual-champion since she has experience as a flyweight as well.
She is not looking too far ahead with Reed on the docket for Aug. 13. At a new weight class, Jasudavicius is planning to make a statement of her own.
“The last couple girls who had this title got a contract straight to the UFC, they didn’t have to go contender series or anything like that,” Jasudavicius “I’m hoping that the trend continues.”
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