Report: Ex-UFC champ Andrade returning to strawweight for Lemos fight
Jessica Andrade is making another switch in weight classes.
The former UFC strawweight champion is set to return to 115 pounds and will face Amanda Lemos at the UFC Fight Night card on April 23, sources told MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz.
Contracts for the bout have reportedly not yet been signed.
Andrade is coming off a three-fight stint at women's flyweight. She knocked out Katlyn Chookagian in October 2020 to become the No. 1 contender before losing to Valentina Shevchenko in a title fight. Most recently, the Brazilian finished Cynthia Calvillo last September.
Andrade previously competed as a strawweight for three years until July 2020. She won the belt against Rose Namajunas in May 2019 and then lost it to Zhang Weili later that year. A defeat in a rematch with Namajunas prompted the move to 125 pounds.
The 30-year-old, who's been in the UFC since 2013, started her Octagon career at women's bantamweight.
Lemos is ranked No. 10 in the strawweight division. She lost her UFC debut in 2017 but has since won five in a row, including two finishes and a decision in 2021.
No main event is set for the April 23 event.