In the span of a few short weeks, Jessica-Rose Clark has gone from making her UFC debut on short notice to being lined up for a fight with one of the organization’s biggest stars.
Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who debuted in the octagon with a split-decision win over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121 this past weekend, revealed on social media that she’s lined up to fight Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at January’s UFC Fight Night 124 event.
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UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Clark accepted the UFC Fight Night 121 matchup with Rawlings on short notice after Joanne Calderwood was forced to withdraw due to injury. She missed weight by two pounds for the UFC’s newly created women’s flyweight division, but the 29-year-old Australian managed to get the narrow win over Rawlings on the scorecards.
Following the fight, Clark said she already feels near title contention and hoped for a full training camp for her sophomore octagon appearance. She’ll get that, and more.
VanZant hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 22 in December 2016. After some time off, “12 Gauge” announced her intention to move up to the 125-pound division from strawweight, and she was booked for a clash with Jessica Eye at UFC 216 in October. However, the 23-year-old was forced to pull from the card due to a back injury. She’s already returned to training, though, and will debut in the weight class against Clark.
The latest UFC Fight Night 124 card now includes: