Jasmine Jasudavicius (6-1) is ready to finally make her UFC debut.
The 32-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont. is set to make her debut against Kay Hansen (7-4) who is moving up to flyweight.
The fight was supposed to take place on Jan. 15, but the bout was moved a week to UFC 270 so Hansen could compete in her hometown of Anaheim, Ca. For the Canadian, that is also good news as she is excited to fight in front of fans once again.
“I was so excited. It’s cool to fight at the Apex for the Contender Series, but in the UFC you dream about walking out in front of all the fans with the bright lights,” Jasudavicius said to MMA Empire.
“This is more of a real thing, so I was pumped the fight got moved to UFC 270.”
Although Jasudavicius is excited to fight in front of a crowd, she said she was surprised to see the fight offer against Hansen.
Both are considered prospects in the division, so she thought the promotion may want to keep them separated.
“I was a little bit surprised because this is my debut and she has some hype behind her name,” Jasudavicius said.
“But it makes some sense to put two up-and-comers against one another and see who deserves a name opponent next. We have also both fought at 115 before so I did know about her, so I’m happy with this matchup for my debut that I can steal some of her hype.”
Once Jasudavicius started to study Hansen, she began to be confident in the matchup. She believes she’s a better version of Hansen but knows if she can keep it standing it will favour her.
If she can keep it on the feet, Jasudavicius says she has all the tools to eventually find the finish and make good in her UFC debut.
“She’s super talented, a good fighter, super well-rounded. But I think I’m more well-rounded than Kay and I think it will be a good fight. She’s going to be smaller than me. I know she is a grappler, but over the past year off I expect her to have made improvements with her hands,” Jasudavicius said.
“It’s going to be a good fight that I expect to be a mixture of striking and grappling. I’m hoping I can finish her, but I’m not going to force a finish. If the finish is there, I’ll take it, but I could see this going to a decision.”
Should she earn the win she envisions, Jasudavicius says the moment she gets her hand raised will be bliss.
“It’ll be surreal. I keep thinking about the moment where the ref raises my hand and Bruce Buffer announces me as the winner,” she concluded.