Jessica Andrade Powers Her Way to Victory Over Tecia Torres in UFC on FOX 28 Co-Main Event

Jessica Andrade likely secured her spot as the No. 1 contender in the strawweight division with a win over Tecia Torres on Saturday night.

When it comes to pure, unadulterated power in the women’s strawweight division, there’s no one stronger than Jessica Andrade.

The bulldozing Brazilian showed that once again on Saturday night as Andrade out muscled and out powered Tecia Torres over three rounds to earn a unanimous decision win in a thrilling co-main event at UFC on FOX 28.

Andrade definitely lived up to her reputation as one of the most aggressive fighters on the entire UFC roster as she was in hot pursuit as soon as the fighters were released from the corners but that allowed Torres to begin working her counter striking attack with a series of right hands that landed flush and with consistent accuracy with each punch snapping the Brazilian’s head back.

Despite Torres landing with serious volume throughout the opening round, Andrade just kept pressing forward and throwing a flurry of shots with each one looking like a knockout blow.

Still, Torres was quick on her feet to ensure she never got caught in the bull rush from Andrade, who was constantly moving forward while throwing big looking punches time and time again.

While she was eating more than a few punches on the feet, Andrade kept pressing the action until grabbing Torres and just tossing her to the ground. Torres did a good job defending on the mat to prevent Andrade from doing too much damage but she spent a lot of time on her back playing defense, which was certainly hurting her on the judges’ scorecards.

Andrade knew that she was having far more success on the ground than on the feet so that’s where she kept taking Torres throughout the third round to help her secure the victory.

Andrade just powered through whatever punches Torres was throwing and then took her back to the ground. As time ticked away, Andrade just kept pouring on the punishment with Torres running out of answers to slip away to try and mount some sort of offense in return.

Andrade was just too powerful with her ground attack throughout the second and third round and that was ultimately the difference in the fight.

When it was all over, the judges scored the fight 29-27, 29-28, and 29-28 all in favor of Andrade.

With back to back wins over Torres and former title contender Claudia Gadelha, Andrade would have to be considered the top contender in the women’s strawweight division as she anxiously awaits the outcome of the upcoming title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223.

“If God wills it, the belt will come,” Andrade said following her victory.

Andrade lost to Jedrzejczyk last year in her previous attempt at winning the title so there’s little doubt she would love the chance to compete for gold again to rectify what went wrong the first time around.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.