Jessica Andrade

Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Almost exactly two years later, Andrade challenged Rose Namajunas for the gold in Rio de Janeiro, claiming the belt with a brutal second-round knockout.

Andrade will be the one competing in enemy territory this time, and sees Zhang as a more complicated match-up compared to the one she had to deal with in May.

Andrade admits she expected to make her first title defense against Michelle Waterson, who won her last three in the , or undefeated Tatiana Suarez, who defeated Nina Ansaroff in June, but is glad to face Zhang, who enters the contest on a 19-fight winning streak.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz


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