“Back to 135 it is.”
Jessica-Rose Clark is done with competing at flyweight.
In a video posted to her YouTube channel on Saturday, “Jessy Jess” confirmed her intention to move bantamweight and addressed the failed weight cut which resulted in her being pulled from her scheduled bout against Andrea Lee at UFC Milwaukee this past weekend.
Clark, 31, described how she’d intended to cut the last few pounds when she passed out in the bathroom and was rushed to the hospital. The fight was called off after meeting with a UFC physician.
“I feel bad for Andrea. She’s had a really tough year as well and I know she was relying on that money. I’m just grateful, I got told that the UFC still paid her her show fees so I’m glad she still got some money out of it, and I’ve apologised to her personally and spoken to her about it,” Clark said.
Clark missed weight for her UFC debut against Bec Rawlings at flyweight which she took on short notice, but successfully made the limit for her next two fights with the promotion. Though it was no easy feat for Clark who has spent the majority of her professional career at bantamweight.
“I know people have been asking about whether there’s a chance of her and I getting a rematch in the future, but honestly, I’m gonna go back to 135. I’ve already spoken to my team about it, I’ve spoken to my nutritionist, I’ve spoken to Mick Maynard about it and every single one of them is aligned with the idea that I need to go back to ’35. And I’ve never missed weight at ‘35. I’ve never even come close to missing. I feel good at ‘35. The reason I went down to ‘25 was because of coaches that I had who were telling me I was too small to be a bantamweight and that I need to be a fly, but I’ve tried four times now – obviously I missed in my UFC debut, and even though I took that on 10 days’ notice and I got really close, I know it’s no excuse. The next couple of times were really, really f*cking hard.”
The fight with Lee would have been Clark’s first since leaving Syndicate MMA. In the video, she mentions the reasons behind that decision and her intention to continue to divide her training between Walker Vivian, 10thPlanet Las Vegas and Combat Sports Academy.
“I still feel really, really positive about that decision that I made. Honestly, there’s a lot more to it that maybe I’ll talk about one day, but it just wasn’t a good environment for me. Kind of the only thing that I can compare it to is a really toxic relationship. I was getting to the stage where I just dreaded going in there every day. I didn’t feel like I was learning anything new. I hated training, and I’ve never hated training. I love my job, but I was dreading – every day I was dreading – going in there. It was a struggle. I had to physically force myself to go and train. … So I still stand by my decision to leave Syndicate.”
Despite the health scare, Clark isn’t planning on a lot of down time.
“I’m gonna take the weekend to rest and recover and Monday 9am is my first session so I’ll be back in training.”