We’re two weeks away from the year 2019 and people are still convinced that being the bigger fighter equates to being the better fighter, or that somehow bringing yourself to the brink of kidney failure is the optimal way to gain an advantage over an opponent.
Those are probably the same folks who are still sour that a short, stubby fighter like Daniel Cormier is the UFC heavyweight champion.
But after trying to carve out a successful run at flyweight, former bantamweight Jessica-Rose Clark, 31, is heading back to 135 pounds, a move prompted by her withdrawal from UFC on FOX 31 last weekend in Milwaukee.
“I know people have been asking about whether there’s a chance of her and I getting a rematch in the future, but honestly I’m going to go back to 135,” Clark said (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “The reason I went down to ‘25 was because of coaches that I had who were telling me that I was too small to be a bantamweight and that I needed to be a fly, but I’ve tried four times now. I missed in my UFC debut and even though I took that on 10 days’ notice and I got really close, that’s still — I know it’s no excuse — the next couple of times were really, really fucking hard. And it was getting to the stage where my whole camp, my primary focus was just making flyweight.”
Clark (9-5, 1 NC) jumped out to a 2-0 start in her UFC career, taking decision wins over Bec Rawlings and Paige VanZant. While she missed weight for her “Rowdy” debut, the bout was taken on short notice, though it doesn’t sound like the 5’5” “Jessy Jess” was happy to be there in the first place.
Being forced from the UFC on FOX 31 fight card left opponent Andrea Lee high and dry, though “KGB” was paid her show purse for showing up and attempting to weigh in last Friday before Clark was benched.
A return date for either fighter has yet to be established.