Another Canadian is in action under the bright lights Saturday night, this time in the Lonestar state.
Jasudavicius, 33, made a name for herself back in September of last year on Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) with a dominant performance. Then, in January, she cruised to a decision win over Kay Hansen in her UFC debut.
Silva, 25, might not have the same high-level experience as Jasudavicius but she is the former Jungle Fight flyweight champion and she’s looking for her seventh win in a row this weekend.
“Of course I feel very confident going into this after getting my UFC debut out of the way,” Jasudavicius said in an interview with MMA Empire.
“She’s going from the regional scene into the UFC, which is a huge jump. I was fortunate enough to go through Contender Series first, have a debut and now I feel very comfortable in the UFC. I know how media week works and how the weigh-ins go. I understand how the organization runs and I feel that’s a huge advantage for me.”
It was a quick rise to MMA’s top promotion for Jasudavicius as only five years ago she made her amateur debut. Now that she’s in the UFC, there’s no signs of slowing down.
“I think I matchup very well with some of the girls in the top 15,” Jasudavicius said.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to train with some of them and I know where I am. Of course fight day it’s a different story, but I know where my skill level stacks up against them I feel like I’m right in the mix. It might be a bit away, but this whole journey has felt so long and so short at the same time.”
Over her career, the Niagara Top Team product Jasudavicius has had the opportunity to travel and mix it up with some of the best female fighters North America has to offer.
Her most recent trip has her feeling extra prepared heading into her second UFC bout.
“I did a bunch of travelling during this camp, getting to train with all kinds of styles and it’s been awesome,” Jasudavicius explained.
“I have a great relationship with the team in Vegas at Syndicate MMA, so I know I’m always welcome there. I was in Vegas for 10 days and Florida for about a week. It was great, I feel ready for whatever.”
Not looking to cut any corners, Jasudavicius is ready for anything when the cage door closes on Saturday night.
Noting her opponent looked good in her last few outings, Jasudavicius was also quick to point out that it’s been almost two years since Silva last stepped into the cage.
“I saw her last fight, but I don’t really watch too much tape on my opponents anyways so it’s not like it’s a huge deal to me,” Jasudavicius said.
“From what I’ve seen she’s obviously well-rounded, her standup looks pretty good and she has a bunch of arm bar finishes, so she’s obviously good on the ground. It’s been a few years since she’s fought, so you never know what to expect. I’ve been working on everything in preparation for her.”
Showing major improvements each time out is one of the main reasons Jasudavicius was able to make it to the UFC as fast as she has.
“That is kind of my personality; move forward and keep punching,” Jasudavicius said.
“So I’m sure there will be some of that. But at the end of the day it is a dance, so we’ll see what she has to offer and I’m just going to try to exploit any weakness I see from her.”