The UFC’s “Jessy Jess” finally has a return date, against a hot prospect.
ESPN was first to report the news that Jessica-Rose Clark will be returning to action after ACL surgery against Joselyne Edwards on October 23, at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event. Both fighters would confirm the booking on social media.
Clark (10-6-1) got back in the win column and likely saved her job when she defeated Sarah Alpar at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley last year via TKO. In the fight with Alpar, however, Clark tore her ACL, which sidelined her for the rest of 2020 and the first half of 2021. The Australian is 3-2 in the UFC and is 1-1 since moving back up to bantamweight. Clark will be looking to get back into the 135lb discussion with a win.
Edwards (10-3) was scheduled to fight Zarah Fairn next month on August 28 but will now fight Clark two months later. “La Pantera” made her UFC debut on the first fight card of the year in impressive fashion, dominating Yanan Wu. She would ride the momentum and return the octagon a month later against Karol Rosa but lost a unanimous decision, snapping her two-fight win streak.
No location, venue, or broadcast plan has been announced for the October 23 event, but UFC President Dana White said that all Fight Nights will be staying at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
The October 23 fight card now includes the following reported bouts:
- Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Joselyne Edwards
- Randa Markos vs. Lívia Renata Souza
- Jeff Molina vs. Daniel Lacerda