On the day that the main event of UFC Paris was officially announced, there has already been an altercation on the card. Former strawweight champion and flyweight title contender, Jessica Andrade returns and replaces Katlyn Chookagian to face Manon Fiorot. It’s widely accepted that the winner of this bout will be the #1 contender and next for Valentina Shevchenko. The news was first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
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Jessica Andrade Steps into Enemy Territory
September 3rd will mark the first time that the UFC has entered France and will now have a new flyweight bout to add to the card. Originally, the hometown favourite, Manon Fiorot was set to face the in-form, Katlyn Chookagain. It was announced, however, that the American has had to withdraw from the bout with an injury. As of yet, the injury hasn’t been disclosed. She has been replaced with the heavy-hitting Jessica Andrade.
Andrade is 3-1 in her last four bouts, with her only loss coming at the hands of the flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. Andrade’s last win came back down at strawweight where she previously held the belt. She defeated the in-form Amanda Lemos via first-round standing arm-triangle choke. She returns this time to flyweight where she previously went 2-1 with wins over Chookagian and Cynthia Calvillo, both via finish.
Fiorot is 4-0 in the UFC thus far and has looked solid during her tenure. Two of her four victories have come via finish and last time out she defeated former flyweight title challenger, Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision. Hailing from France, there is no doubt that the crowd will be right behind her in her quest to get her hand raised.
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