Canada’s Jasmine Jasudavicius has been spending immoderate clip astatine Syndicate MMA successful Las Vegas, but brought the lukewarm upwind with her backmost to Southern Ontario recently.
Caseside Press caught up with the UFC flyweight past week, to sermon her recently announced combat connected June 18 against Natalia Silva, among different topics. The travel to Vegas allowed the St. Catharines, Ontario autochthonal to get immoderate antithetic looks from a wider array of grooming partners.
“I person Diana Belbita retired successful the Stoney Creek area, and I get bully enactment with the guys, but it’s truly bully to person high-level miss partners, and truthful galore of them,” she told america of the trip. “So it’s beauteous bully for that.”
For those who aren’t yet acquainted with Jasudavicius, she fought her mode into the UFC past twelvemonth connected Dana White’s Contender Series, past won her debut astatine UFC 270 against Kay Hansen.
Now, she’s accepted the information that yes, she is simply a UFC fighter. “It took a small time, I was riding precocious for a while, but present it’s sunken in,” Jasudavicius said. “This is my job. It’s truly chill actually, being comfy successful a promotion, and not chasing similar ‘oh what’s the adjacent fight?’ There’s a calmness to being successful the UFC, being with 1 promotion.”
That level of stableness — arsenic Jasudavicius enactment it, “less juggling” — alleviates concerns astir fights, oregon adjacent full cards, falling through. The benignant of hijinks that tin hap connected the determination scene.
The Niagara Top Team combatant has besides been blown distant by however lukewarm her fans online person been, particularly fixed the net tin get a small dicey astatine times. “It’s been awesome, due to the fact that everyone’s been truthful supportive. I’ve received truthful galore messages conscionable similar ‘hey, conscionable rooting for you, when’s the adjacent fight?’ Just truthful overmuch affirmative reinforcement that it’s truthful sick, I consciousness similar I person truly bully fans.”
That benignant of happening tin spell either way, and Jasudavicius is possibly fortunate successful that she got the telephone to the UFC successful her aboriginal 30s, alternatively than her 20s. Former hostile Kay Hansen got a ton of stroke backmost online aft a drawstring of losses, thing Jasudavicius is alert of.
“Props to her for handling the unit and everything erstwhile you are young,” she said of Hansen, who got her commencement arsenic a pro successful her teens. At the aforesaid time, “I person the beingness acquisition to grip uncomfortable situations,” she noted. “I deliberation it’s invaluable to beryllium older successful this sport.”
Jasudavicius besides had immoderate supportive words for chap Canadian Mike Malott, who made a splash successful his caller UFC debut. The brace some won their mode into the promotion connected the Contender Series past year, and person trained unneurotic arsenic well.
“He looked great. He trained with america for this camp. Just seeing him successful the country each day, determination was nary uncertainty successful my caput that helium was going to get the finish. Mike’s an animal. He’s truthful talented, and he’s specified a pupil of the game,” she said. “I couldn’t beryllium happier for him. I’m looking guardant to getting backmost location and really talking to him astir his experience. Mine’s inactive caller successful my mind, my debut, I retrieve each the feelings, and truthful I’m truly looking guardant to talking to him, and talking astir some of our experiences.”
Keen-eyed UFC fans mightiness retrieve that Jasudavicius’s upcoming opponent, Natalia Silva, was expected to marque her UFC debut a mates of years back, until wounded sidelined her. Which makes her thing of a question people up of their June showdown.
“She hasn’t fought successful 2 years, truthful who knows what she’s going to beryllium like. In 2 years, you could beryllium a wholly antithetic fighter,” Jasudavicius observed. “So I’m conscionable going into this combat with my eyes open. It’s similar going into a caller gym, you don’t cognize what radical person to offer. So it’s conscionable similar that. I’ll fig it retired successful the octagon, and I’m precise fortunate to person beardown wrestling, truthful I consciousness similar I could instrumentality it to the feet oregon the crushed regardless. So I deliberation it’s a favorable match-up.”
Jasudavicius is of people hep to Silva’s jiu-jitsu and Taekwondo background, truthful “obviously I’m going to beryllium alert of that, I’m not going to enactment myself retired of position.” One happening she’s not counting on, however, is immoderate rust connected Silva’s part, contempt the clip off. Time away, she suggested, is “however the idiosyncratic perceives it. It tin beryllium an vantage oregon disadvantage.” In different words, you tin spot it arsenic a disadvantage for your opponent, due to the fact that past it’s an vantage for you — but then, they’ll deliberation of it the different mode around.
And Jasudavicius isn’t definite ringing rust truly exists anyway. “I don’t deliberation there’s ringing rust. There’s a miss connected my team, Ashley Nichols, and she didn’t combat for I deliberation it was 3 years oregon 4 years oregon thing similar that. And she conscionable got successful there, and she’s an animal. There was nary ringing rust astatine all. I don’t deliberation that that’s truly a thing.”
Jasmine Jasudavicius faces Natalia Silva astatine the UFC’s June 18, 2022 Fight Night event.