UFC Vegas 52: Amanda Lemos vs. Jéssica Andrade preview and prediction

Amanda Lemos and  Jéssica Andrade are two strawweights ready to get the win at all costs. They meet this weekend in what should be a great fight.

Saturday, April 21, gives us a big-time clash in the strawweight division when No. 10 ranked Amanda Lemos will have her biggest test to date as she goes against former strawweight champion No. 1 ranked Jéssica Andrade.

This fight gives us our classic veteran vs. prospect match-up. Andrade has had 20 fights in the UFC compared to Lemos’s six fights.

Despite the differences, they meet in this weekend’s main event with one goal in mind. That goal to become the next challenger for the strawweight championship.

Amanda Lemos vs. Jéssica Andrade: Who will have their hand raised at UFC Vegas 52?

Andrade holds an MMA record of 22-9 where she’s ended 16 of her victories by stoppage. She holds plenty of impressive victories which include victories over Katlyn Chookagian, Tecia Torres, and Raquel Pennington. Andrade’s biggest win came when she dethroned Rose Namajunas by a slam. Andrade has only lost to the best of the best as those losses include Valentina Shevchenko, Zhang Weili, and Joanna Jedrzejczk.

Lemos is impressive in her own right as she holds a record of 11-1-1. She’s impressively ended nine of her wins by finish; seven being knockout. Lemos was on a two fight knockout streak before she won her last fight against Angela Hill by split decision.

This bout gives us two gifted strikers competing to be next up for a title shot. Each of them has power and speed in their hands. You really start to respect Lemos’s power when you realize she’s got four knockdowns in her last three fights. Andrade’s power seems to be respected more as she has the most knockout victories in UFC strawweight history.

These are two flashy female fighters that are fun to watch. Andrade has the most performance bonuses in strawweight history while Lemos has the shortest fight time average in strawweight history. These are simply two girls who are willing to stand in each other’s face and exchange strikes.

Two ladies with a lot of similarities. However, there’s one key component one fighter has compared to the other. That one thing is experience. Andrade has seen it all while there are still things Lemos has yet to come across. You can compare their past opponents and easily realize how much tougher Andrade’s opponents have been compared to Lemos’s. Lemos is a talented fighter that is easily fighting her most talented opponent.  Andrade is going to drag Lemos into deep waters she hasn’t seen before. Because not only is Andrade more experienced, but she’s the better wrestler as well.

This fight gives us two of the best strikers in the division. Due to experience, better wrestling, and Lemos not having a clear advantage over Lemos, expect Andrade to get the win in this bout.

Prediction: Andrade by decision.