Will there be a UFC contract heading north for the second week in a row?
On this week’s episode of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), another Canadian prospect looks to earn a spot under MMA’s brightest lights when St. Catharines, Ont., native Jasmine Jasudavicius (5-1) faces Julia Polastri (8-2) in the women’s flyweight division on Tuesday night.
This is the biggest opportunity so far in the career of Jasudavicius, 32, and with it comes added pressure.
Trying to prevent the judges from getting involved is nothing new for the Niagara Top Team product who will be looking to move forward in the octagon and make a statement.
“I guess yeah there is added pressure, but it’s not as prevalent for me because I’m always trying to look for the finish, regardless of where I fight,” Jasudavicius said in an interview with MMA Empire.
“The added pressure really comes from fighting in front of Dana and not so much looking for the finish. I’m always trying to get a finish anyway and this is the biggest opportunity of my life, so of course I want to show out. That’s just kind of who I am. Everyone’s fight style matches their personality.”
Jasudavicius won’t be underestimating her opponent one bit, however, heading into the matchup, but she does feel her size advantage will have an impact.
Jasudavicius is undefeated at flyweight, which is her natural weight class. Polastri, meanwhile, has fought mostly at strawweight, even venturing as low as atomweight early in her career.
“I think she’s obviously a very skilled fighter. She wouldn’t have this opportunity if she wasn’t,” Jasudavicius said.
“She’s dangerous, but I think the size in general will make a difference in this fight. She did fight at 105 before, so she’s got to be pretty small. I made 115 one time, but it wasn’t easy. I think the size difference will have a big impact in this one.”
Despite having the height and reach advantage in most of her contests, Jasudavicius isn’t known for moving on the outside and point fighting.
With masterful striking and takedowns from the clinch, Jasudavicius likes to take the first step forward and press the action all night long.
“I think I have very good wrestling and I’m just down to scrap,” Jasudavicius said.
“I don’t rely on being athletic and sticking, moving and running. I’m down to get in there and make it messy and I think that’s kind of what separates me. Everyone changes from fight to fight, so I just focus on myself. If I think too much about what they’re going to do it just makes your mind go crazy. I focus on only what I can change, and that’s me.”
Coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over Ashley Deen at CFFC 93 back in March, Jasudavicius is looking to take it to the next level.
Her final weeks of preparation have been spent right next to the battleground in Las Vegas, sharpening skills with high-level training partners.
“I’m down at Syndicate MMA; I’ve been training with all the girls and it’s awesome,” Jasudavicius said.
“Every training camp and every fight you learn something, so my biggest difference now is my maturity. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to travel and train and it’s been a big part of my growth.”
Tuesday night, live on TSN across the country, Jasudavicius will have her chance to secure a spot on the UFC roster.
With “The Garden City” and the rest of Canada behind her she’ll be looking to impress Dana White and UFC fans around the world.
“I love Canada and I love my home, so representing them would be great. I’m from a kind of small town, St. Catharines, so I want to put them on the map,” Jasudavicius said.
“I expect my hand to be raised at the end because I finished her. It’s Contender Series, so I got to get a finish, that’s the game plan.”