Out former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade promised to stir up the UFC flyweight division after winning her flyweight debut in quick fashion in October. Now, she is delivering on that promise.
According to ESPN, Andrade will face reigning UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the championship at UFC 261 on April 24. UFC president Dana White confirmed the bout to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Wednesday.
Andrade’s quick rise to championship contention comes as little surprise following her stellar flyweight debut late last year. Andrade notched a first round TKO victory over former UFC flyweight championship contender Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6, becoming the only woman in UFC history to win fights in three different divisions.
Her entrance into the flyweight division also presents a formidable challenger in a weight class Shevchenko has dominated since winning the championship in 2018. The UFC 261 bout will be Shevchenko’s fifth title defense.
The fight could deliver another historic moment in Andrade’s UFC career. Ending Shevchenko’s reign would make the veteran fighter only the second woman ever to hold UFC championships in two different divisions, joining fellow out Brazillian fighter and current UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.