Jessica Andrade embodies the violence and technique that attracts so many to the sport of mixed martial arts. The Brazilian dynamo will put her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight title on the line against the surging Weili Zhang—she of the current 19-fight winning streak—in the UFC Fight Night 157 main event on Aug. 31 at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China. Andrade laid claim to the 115-pound crown in May, when she knocked out Rose Namajunas with a second-round slam and put the rest of the division on high alert. The 27-year-old Parana Vale Tudo cornerstone holds the rank of brown belt in Brazilian jiujitsu under longtime mentor Gilliard Alfredo Fagundes. As Andrade barrels toward her first title defense, here are five things you should know about her.
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