Three years after promoting personal UFC gear to pay payments, Jessica Andrade celebrates monetary stability forward of UFC 261

Rather a lot has modified in Jessica Andrade’s life since August 2018.

Andrade was days away from a struggle with Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a win that might result in her difficult — and defeating — Rose Namajunas to grow to be UFC strawweight champion. However a scarcity of cash was nonetheless an issue.

Making ready to enter the octagon for the thirteenth time in September of that 12 months, the Brazilian fighter advised reporters throughout a media day in Rio de Janeiro that typically she needed to promote her personal UFC gear to pay payments.

Three years later and three days away from difficult Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight gold at UFC 261, Andrade mentioned life is significantly better.

“The change was gigantic,” mentioned Andrade in an interview with MMA Combating. “I’ll let you know what, I by no means needed to do any of that anymore.”

Andrade received additional $50,000 with a Efficiency of the Evening bonus for her win over Kowalkiewicz, after which additional $100,000 for each the Efficiency and Battle of the Evening bonuses when difficult Namajunas in Brazil. She went 1-2 in her subsequent three UFC bouts after that, however pocketed $100,000 in bonuses following fights with Namajunas and Katlyn Chookagian in 2020.

“Thank God I used to be capable of purchase my mother a home, switched automobiles, and purchased myself a home,” Andrade mentioned. “I don’t lack cash [anymore].”

Andrade says she has mentioned the thought of opening a enterprise alongside her spouse Fernanda Gomes as an funding, however has since postponed plans as a result of she’s targeted on pursuing one other UFC belt and at present has no time for that.

“My sister-in-law has moved in, and perhaps we’ll open one thing now,” Andrade mentioned. “It’s inside the household so it’s simpler, that’s somebody you belief caring for it for us. [Gomes] and I sit down and speak about it each day. Thank God now I’m capable of deal with my mother, my home, assist my teammates. It’s been great. Nice issues occurred over the previous three years.”

All of it modified when she received the UFC strawweight belt, Andrade mentioned, and larger issues would include a victory over 125-pound queen Shevchenko on Saturday at Jacksonville’s VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment.

“There have been plenty of new alternatives after I received the belt,” Andrade mentioned. “Folks take a look at you extra while you’re the champion, UFC appears at you otherwise, you’ll be able to negotiate larger purses. … Changing into champion was nice and fully modified my life financially. Changing into champion once more will make it even higher.”

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