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Jessica Andrade Ready For UFC Debut

Jessica Andrade carves a little piece of history as the first Brazilian female to compete for the UFC. She meets Liz Carmouche, who was part of the inaugural WMMA bout for the UFC. Andrade takes the fight on short notice, but is ready to make the most of this moment.

“I consider myself ready,” said Andrade to TATAME. “I’ll get out there and do a show for the crowd. It is a great joy to represent not only the team, but Brazil.”

Carmouche was set to take on Miesha Tate until about a week ago. When the women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender Cat Zingano fell to an injury, Tate got her championship shot.

With less than two months to go, Carmouche needed a new opponent. Andrade got the nod and enters at 9-2. Carmouche lost to champion Ronda Rousey in February.

The females duke it out at UFC on FOX 8. They’re on the main card of the July 27 show, which comes from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA.