|Jéssica Andrade Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||September 25, 1991|
Jéssica Andrade is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who began competing in the bantamweight, strawweight, and flyweight divisions of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), in July 2013. In May 2019, she won the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship but lost that title in her very next bout, in August 2019. As of October 2022, she was ranked number 4 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings, number 6 in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings, and number 7 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. As of December 2022, Jéssica had competed in 21 bouts (with a 14-7 win-loss record) in the UFC, the 2nd-most number of fights contested by a female in the history of the UFC. Before joining UFC in July 2013, Jéssica had put together a 9-2 win-loss record, competing in promotions such as Sagaz Combat, Wako Grand Prix, Nitrix: Champion, Heavy Fighting Championship, Ring of Fire, Bitetti Combat, Strike Combat, Samurai FC, Web Fight Combat, and ProFC. Jéssica holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a self-defense martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds.
Jéssica Fernanda da Costa Andrade
Bate Estaca (Piledriver)
Umuarama, State of Paraná, Brazil
Las Vegas, Nevada, Clark County, United States
Professional Mixed Martial Artist
- Father – Julio Andrade (Farmer)
- Mother – Neusa da Costa (Farmer)
- Siblings – Fernando Andrade (Older Brother)
- Others – Humberto Gomes (Father-in-Law), Paula Sanchez (Sister-in-Law), Patricia Gomes (Sister-in-Law)
- Bantamweight (2011-2015)
- Strawweight (2016-2020, 2022)
- Flyweight (2020-2021, 2023–Present)
5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jéssica has dated –
- Fernanda Gomes (2019-Present) – Jéssica married her longtime girlfriend and biologist Fernanda Gomes in 2019. In May 2019, the pair was robbed at gunpoint in Brazil, and their car and mobile phones were stolen.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Portuguese descent.
She often tends to dye her hair blue, silver, or platinum.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
- Has both her hands covered in tattoos
Jéssica Andrade Facts
- Jéssica and her older brother used to work at their parents’ plantation fields in their childhood. This stopped when that farm/field was municipalized which meant that child labor was prohibited there. When she was about 14 years old, she started working at a fish pond and later even delivered medicines for a pharmacy.
- She grew up playing soccer and futsal (a soccer-based game played on a hard court, mainly indoors) and dreamt of becoming a professional soccer player. She had even received an offer to play soccer for a club based in São Paulo, Brazil’s primary financial center. However, her parents did not allow her to move there.
- In her school days, Jéssica had also trained in judo, and by 2011, she had started practicing Jiu-Jitsu (a family of Japanese martial arts and a system of close combat that can be used to subdue weaponless or armed opponents).
- Her teammates nicknamed her ‘Bate Estaca’ (Piledriver) after she participated in one of her first amateur Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions. In a fight/bout, during that competition, she was caught in an armlock and performed the illegal move of piledriving on her opponent by lifting her and then slamming her head directly into the mat.
- Jéssica started her professional mixed martial arts career in September 2011 and amassed an 8-2 win-loss record by January 2013, competing in several different promotions across Brazil. In April 2013, she won a bout in Russia, extending her win-loss record to 9-2 before she joined the UFC in July 2013.
- Her UFC debut, in July 2013, a defeat to Liz Carmouche via TKO (punches and elbows) in the 2nd round, marked the first time that two openly gay/lesbian fighters had competed in a UFC bout.
- When she won the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship in May 2019, she was awarded both the ‘UFC Performance of the Night’ and the ‘UFC Fight of the Night’ bonus awards. It was the 3rd time in her career that Jéssica had won both those awards and the only occasion, as of December 2022, where she had won both those awards for the same bout.
- In October 2020, Jéssica became the first woman in the history of the UFC to have won at least 1 bout in 3 different weight divisions – bantamweight, strawweight, and flyweight, in her case. As of December 2022, she remained the only woman in UFC history to have achieved this feat.
- In April 2022, she defeated Amanda Lemos via submission (standing arm-triangle choke). This was the first time in history that this particular submission had been successfully landed in a UFC bout.
- As of December 2022, she was tied with Rose Namajunas and Amanda Lemos for the most number of finishes (5) achieved in the women’s strawweight division in the UFC. A bout is considered to be a ‘finish’ if it is won via submission or knockout (KO) or technical knockout (TKO). By this time, she had also held the record for the most number of fights won via KO or TKO (3) in the women’s strawweight division in the UFC.
- As of December 2022, Jéssica had held the women’s record for the most number of ‘UFC Fight of the Night’ bonus awards (4) as well as the women’s record for the most number of post-fight UFC bonus awards (9). She was also tied with Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes for the most number of ‘UFC Performance of the Night’ bonus awards (5).
Featured Image by Jéssica Andrade / Instagram