Jessica Andrade is looking for her first strawweight title defense in the main event of UFC Shenzhen. There, she will take on surging Chinese contender, Weili Zhang.
Although she has a tough fight on her hands, the Brazilian champion already has her eyes set on another fight. That is to take on flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.
“That’s a fight I would really like to have,” Jessica Andrade said to Portal de Vale Tudo (as translated by Google Translate). “I believe that, if I win my next fight, which is my most important fight at the moment, who knows, I might ask for this Shevchenko fight. She’s the best at flyweight, so it would be a cool test for me. I really like her, I always hug her, greet her and talk to her everywhere we meet,” she continued. “She’s really nice, but I want to test myself, too. I want to see what level I’m at. If I have really improved. If I defend my title now, I do want to ask for the chance to fight Valentina and become a champion in two different weight classes.”
Shevchenko has her own title fight of her own next Saturday. But, given they fight just weeks apart the timing could work out for a title shot. As well as the fact that the flyweight queen is running out of challengers.
Regardless, both Jessica Andrade and Valentina Shevchenko need to win their respective title fights before this can happen. But, it would no doubt be an interesting scrap given the Brazilian used to fight at bantamweight so size would not be much of a factor in this fight.
Whether or not it happens is to be seen, but Jessica Andrade has at least thrown it out there that she is interested in it.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime