Anaheim, CA — Canadian flyweight Jasmine Jasudavicius made a successful debut in the octagon Saturday at UFC 270.
Up against Kay Hansen in enemy territory (Hansen had successfully petitioned to have the fight moved to the Anaheim card so she could fight at home), Jasudavicius (7-1) showed some superior grappling en route to a unanimous decision win.
“You know, it feels amazing. You dream about the moment of making your UFC debut, and this was more than I dreamt of,” the St. Catharines, Ontario-based fighter told media outlets including Cageside Press backstage at the Honda Center in Anaheim. “I loved every moment of it. In the fight, I was like ‘okay, I’ve got to play this one smart, I can’t get wily with this. Stay heavy and be smart on top, don’t be jumping for submissions, don’t be doing anything wily.’ It’s my debut, you only get one debut so I didn’t want to waste that, I didn’t want to lose, go home with a loss, that would break my heart. So I played it safe this time, and I loved it.”
While she played it safe this time out, that might not be the case moving forward. “Who knows, I don’t care, I’ll probably get wily, do some stupid sh*t probably, I don’t know.”
Jasudavicius isn’t sure when she wants to fight next — she had been focused only on her debut thus far. Now, she said, “I can open my mind up to see what doors are open. But I never put any thought into it until this moment, after the fight’s done.”
Asked by Cageside Press whether Kay Hansen had the strength necessary to be competitive at flyweight, Jasudavicius said she wasn’t sure. “I don’t know. That’s her decision. If she wants to stay at 125 — I think she’s small for 25, but it’s her life and she’s got to make those decisions. I fought at 115 before, but I was happier at 25. That being said, I wouldn’t be against going back down to 115 for the right opportunity.”
Watch the full UFC 270 post-fight press scrum with Jasmine Jasudavicius above. More coverage from the event can be found below.