UFC 289’s Miranda Maverick: “Nobody in the Top 15 Wants to Fight Me,” Same with Unranked Foes

UFC flyweight and Invicta FC veteran Miranda Maverick will fight outside the U.S. for just the second time when she faces Jasmine Jasudavicius in the latter’s home country on June 10, 2023.

The fight, which was recently announced to take place in Vancouver, will also be just the second time Maverick (11-4) has competed in front of a crowd as a UFC fighter.

“I’m going to be really excited. It’s going to be my second fight ever in front of the crowd, the last one being against Erin Blanchfield,” Maverick told Cageside Press in a recent exclusive interview. “I lost that one, but it was also a COVID crowd. We didn’t have that many people in the audience.”

Maverick has had her past few fight camps in Colorado, where she trains with Team Elevation. Coming off back-to-back wins over Sabina Mazo and Shanna Young, the prospect of showing off the refinements she’s made has Maverick “really excited” for the bout.

“I’m excited to go in there and show what I’ve done, show what I’ve had improvement-wise in this camp, throughout the last few months. I showed it in my last fight, the fight before, but I feel like this one will really come together,” she stated. “I’ve had long enough to adjust, long enough to put the grappling, the striking, everything together. And I want to go in there with a lot of ferocity. I want it to almost be a repeat of my first fight in the UFC as far as my aggression going in.”

After years of failing to land opponents she’d called out, Miranda “Fear the” Maverick took a different approach to securing the Jasudavicius fight, calling out her future opponent after the Canadian’s win at UFC Vegas 70 earlier this year.

“I called out Jasmine, told her she did great in her last fight against Gabriella [Fernandes]. I thought she looked good, she’s one of those people kind of knocking at the door trying to climb the ladder, and she jumped at the opportunity to take a fight against me,” Maverick observed.

“People gave me crap about not calling out a top 15’er, but I’ve done that about 20 times, and that hasn’t worked for me so far,” she added. “I’m kind of in that weird bubble where nobody in the top 15 wants to fight me, nobody unranked wanted to fight me, and I was just waiting for someone to say yes and the stars aligned.”

As an added bonus, after a respectful callout, Maverick got a positive response from the Canadian. “I was really happy that she was willing to. We were also talking behind the scenes as well. Fighting is in the entertainment industry too. You need to put the hype behind it. I think we’re both excited to fight each other, and it’ll get more exciting as we get closer.”

With two straight wins coming into her first fight of 2023, Maverick is hoping to see a number next to her name by the end of the year. She’s also hoping to stay active, given her first fight this calendar year is coming a little late.

“Maybe I’m in the top 10. I’m hoping that I get out of the top 15, keep moving my way up. I hope the have three fights this year. This will be just my first one in June, so we’re six months into the year already. I’m hoping I can get two more pretty quickly after this, we’ll see what happens with that though.”

Watch our full interview with UFC 289 flyweight Miranda Maverick above. The event takes place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., Canada on June 10, 2023.