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Jessica Andrade replaces injured Virna Jandiroba, takes on Tatiana Suarez at UFC Nashville

UFC 288: Andrade v Yan Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Jessica Andrade is staying busy with as many tough match ups as possible.

No. 6-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight contender, Virna Janiroba, was originally set to compete with Tatiana Suarez (10-0) at UFC Nashville on Aug. 5, 2023. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, Jandiroba suffered a knee injury that will require surgery, forcing her to withdraw, according to MMA Fighting. The No. 5-ranked contender and former champion, Andrade (24-11), is now set to fill in vs. the No. 10 Suarez.

Suarez will make for Andrade’s fourth 2023 appearance in the Octagon. “Bate Estaca” has gone 1-2 this year so far, defeating Lauren Murphy via a dominant unanimous decision at Flyweight before suffering a short-notice second round rear-naked choke defeat to Erin Blanchfield (watch highlights) and most recently returning to Strawweight where Yan Xiaonan handed her a first round knockout loss at UFC 288 last month (May 6, 2023).

UFC Nashville will be Suarez’s return to the 115-pound weight class after making her comeback at Flyweight against Montana De La Rosa in Feb. 2023. The undefeated wrestling standout scored a second round guillotine choke (watch highlights), setting her up for a comfortable return to the division she’s fought most of her career in.

The current line up for UFC Nashville can be seen below:

  • 135lbs.: Cory Sandhagen vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
  • 115lbs.: Jessica Andrade vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • 205lbs.: Tanner Boser vs. Aleksa Camur
  • 205lbs.: Dustin Jacoby vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
  • 135lbs.: Said Nurmagomedov vs. Kyler Phillips
  • 125lbs.: Ode’ Osbourne vs. Asu Almabaev
  • 125lbs.: Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Jake Hadley
  • 145lbs.: Damon Jackson vs. Billy Quarantillo
  • 205lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ion Cuțelaba
  • 155lbs.: Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Ľudovít Klein
  • 170lbs.: Jeremiah Wells vs. Carlston Harris


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