Disclaimer: MMA-Prospects owner and manager Michael Fiedel is the head of PR for Dodge Sports, which represents Jasmine Jasudavicius. To avoid any conflict of interest, this article was written by Vince Rodemer and edited solely by Jack Wannan.
When most people think of what a prospect is, they think of the likes of Aaron Pico (8-3), Maycee Barber (9-2) and super young fighters that started their MMA careers at 18 or 19 years old.
Pico has 11 pro fights (all in Bellator) and is 24, and Barber is 23 and has seven fights under the UFC banner despite missing almost a year with a torn ACL.
When Jasmine Jasudavicius (5-1) fights on “Dana White’s Contender Series” on Tuesday night, she will be every bit the prospect as Pico and Barber were.
Jasudavicius has a lot in common with the previous two fighters and several other fighters currently in the UFC or other major promotions.
She has a lot less mileage because of the path she has taken.
In an interview with Canadian MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter, she said that she got into MMA through a Tinder date.
Her date connected her with coach Chris Prickett, who helped kickstart her career in e sport.
Jasudavicius was 27 years old at the time when she took her first amateur fight and won via guillotine choke.
Five years later, she has a chance to get into the UFC.
The big thing for Jasudavicius as well is that she had no background in a discipline of MMA, much like UFC fighter Eryk Anders (14-5-1).
I reached out to Anders to find out what was the most difficult part for him without that background.
“Probably the biggest hurdle is [not being good] at something,” the 2009 NCAA football champion at Alabama said. “It had been a long time since I was not really good at anything.”
Jusudavicius doesn’t have a wrestling background like someone like Carla Esparza (18-6) or Tatiana Suarez (8-0). She doesn’t have the judo background of Olympic medalists Ronda Rousey (12-2) or Kayla Harrison (11-0).
Much like recent Ultimate Fighter Middleweight champion Bryan Battle (6-1), Jasudavicius has to be well-rounded and good at everything.
That is something Battle pointed too during his rise to the TUF title and something Jasudavicius can lean on.
While she also didn’t have a skill she could depend on when she first started MMA, she also didn’t have any bad habits that other fighters versed in a discipline usually have.
Jasudavicius also kind of fights like the aforementioned Battle.
She’ll move forward and use her length with power in all her limbs. Once she gets inside, she’ll hammer her opponents with knees in the clinch and swarm her.
Jasudavicius fought Kylie O’Hearn with a 20 pound disadvantage for some reason and fought the exact same way. She used all her limbs, looked to get inside, use the clinch and throw all kinds of knees and elbows.
She was just as aggressive against a 145-pound fighter as she is a 125-pound fighter.
Jasudavicius won’t shoot a single leg like someone like Suarez, but she will look for a body lock in the clinch and try for a takedown that way.
She looks like a real problem in this division and is definitely someone that will get better the more she fights.