Most MMA observers would grab into consideration Jessica Andrade a colossal step up from Virna Jandiroba, but for Tatiana Suarez, the change was as soon as merely a possibility to showcase atrophied abilities.
It paid off colossal time in a submission victory that Suarez acknowledged qualifies her for a shot on the strawweight title 10 fights into her unbeaten MMA career.
“I’m appropriate without a doubt hooked in to this one, because I reflect quite so much of folks bother her on the feet,” Suarez acknowledged about her secure within the co-headliner of UFC Nashville on Saturday. “That’s where she has her most success, and pointless to remark, me, I made up my tips to strike along with her so much extra than I set up in all my different fights.
“Whereas you occur to quiz my fights, I repeatedly glean a takedown within the principle minute of every combat I’ve ever had. I didn’t set up that this combat. … My gameplan isn’t any topic comes pure to me, and for some motive, it came pure to me. I felt delight in I had the simpler footwork. I felt delight in I had the simpler strikes, too. Folk suggested me, ‘Undergo in tips you’re the upsetting one.’ She’s feared, but so are you.”
Suarez did pause up grappling Andrade later within the principle body, and from there, she dominated the combat. Within the second round, she surprised the Brazilian ex-champ with a guillotine choke — her specialty — and brought a faucet on the 1:31 designate of the heart body.
A secure over Andrade undoubtedly carries extra weight for Suarez, and she wants to capitalize on that with a shot on the belt. Subsequent month, champ Alex Grasso rematches long-reigning ragged champ Valentina Shevchenko, and Suarez wants the winner.
“I reflect I match up smartly in opposition to them,” she acknowledged of the likely combat. “I reflect I match up smartly in opposition to each person. I reflect I’m going to be an global champion. I reflect I’m the completely on the earth, and I’m going for that strap. So no topic they settle on to give me, I’ll model it occur. However I set up imagine that I need to combat for the title.”
Up until last one year, there had been questions about whether or now not Suarez would ever return to her ragged glory – or to are residing up to her likely within the octagon. Extreme lend a hand and knee injuries stored her out of the cage for four years, and even in her comeback combat, lingering points stored her from coaching smartly.
“My aim for this combat was as soon as to 1, model obvious that my lend a hand was as soon as healthy thru the total camp, so I will glean thru the camp and express the manner I in total express,” she acknowledged. “My second aim was as soon as to be fully happy on my feet, because I took so noteworthy shatter day, and my last camp, I wasn’t in a position to spar on my feet. This time, I sparred so much, and I felt fully happy. The third aim was as soon as to glean to 115, and I did that as smartly.”
Now that she’s where she wants to be, Suarez will score no topic opponent the UFC suggests. However her need is apparent.
“I don’t know who’s going to secure [the Grasso vs. Shevchenko rematch], but I settle on the winner,” she acknowledged.