Las Vegas, NV — Jessica-Rose Clark and Tyron Woodley have just a tiny bit of shared history.
The current UFC women’s bantamweight and former UFC welterweight champion shared the UFC Vegas 11 card in September 2020 (Woodley headlined the Fight Night event against Colby Covington), and T-Wood would later offer to train with “Jessy-Jess” — though the offer, made on social media, sounded a bit more like a come-on.
“He and I had a private conversation about that,” Clark said with a laugh when asked about her response by Cageside Press. Speaking ahead of the World MMA Awards this past Friday, Clark also revealed she was hoping Woodley would get the win in his upcoming boxing rematch with Jake Paul.
“I think he has all the ability to beat Jake Paul, and I would love to see him get that win,” she told us.
As for what “Jessy-Jess” is looking forward to in 2022, “hopefully more than one fight a year, honestly. I’m going to keep annoying [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard until he gives me more fights. That’s all I want. I just want to fight.”
Clark (11-6, 1NC) has fought just once a year for the past three years. She currently sits on a two-fight win streak, having most recently defeated Joselyne Edwards this past October.
We also took a moment to touch on Clark’s nickname, Jessy Jess, which tends to get used more than her given name. “Everyone calls me Jessy-Jess. I like when people call me Jessica, but usually only my friends and family do,” Clark said. “So I feel like if someone yells out my name, they’re like ‘Jessica!’ then I must automatically know you, right? Because usually fans just call me Jessy-Jess. But I’m happy with anything.”
Watch our full chat with “Jessy Jess” a.k.a. Jessica-Rose Clark from the World MMA Awards above. Paul vs. Woodley 2 takes place Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.