UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko To Fight Jessica Andrade At UFC 261

UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko will attempt to defend her belt for the fifth time when she fights former strawweight champ Jessica Andrade at UFC’s April 24th pay-per-view card. Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported the matchup on Wednesday.

The title fight joins UFC 261, an event that does not have a confirmed location currently.

The matchup will be Andrade’s second since making the move up to flyweight. Andrade made her flyweight debut in October, stopping former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian within a round with strikes.

Andrade’s move up to the 125-pound division came after a long campaign as a strawweight. Andrade was crowned the 115-pound UFC champ in 2019, defeating Rose Namajunas in the second round with a slam.

Andrade had troubles late in her run within the division, dropping her belt to Zhang Weili within a minute and losing a split decision to Namajunas in a rematch.

Shevchenko’s current run as a champion has been record-breaking and dominant, to say the least. Her last title defence was in November, where he picked up a unanimous decision victory over Jennifer Maia.

UFC 261 now has a championship bout in its lineup. Here are the bouts that have been reported for it so far.

Bout 3: Valentina Shevchenko (20-3) vs. Jessica Andrade (21-8) (UFC Flyweight Championship)

Bout 2: Chris Weidman (15-5) vs. Uriah Hall (16-9) (Middleweight)

Bout 1: Anthony Smith (34-16) vs. Jimmy Crute (12-1) (Light Heavyweight)

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