Octagon Oracles: Jasmine Jasudavicious

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Grade: C-

Canada’s Jasmine Jasudavicious moved her professional record to 6-1 with her unanimous decision win over Julia Polastri at Contender Series 2021 last September.

Although she’s competed as low as strawweight in her career, one of the first thing that jumps out about Jasudavicious is her length for the flyweight division. In space she’s relatively low output and mainly throws jabs and leg kicks with an occasional right hand, but her clinch game is where she really stands out. The thirty-two year old excels at controlling her opponent’s head and landing knees to the body, as well as using hard elbows inside the clinch and off the break. From this position against the fence she’ll also switch to a body lock and using outside trips to get her opponents the canvas.

Jasudavicious won her first pro bout via rear-naked choke and is capable of getting takedowns, but she typically tries to control her opponents on the ground and get top control time rather than actively pursue a finish. Her ability to mix in takedowns was integral in her two most recent victories against Ashley Deen and Julia Polastri, as it allowed her to win rounds where she may have been losing in the standup.

One thing that’s definitely true of Jasudavicious in her young career is that she’s made improvements in each fight. In the first round of her Contender Series fight with Polastri she was able to use some effective ground and pound at the end of the round, and although she still doesn’t always look comfortable striking from range it’s markedly better now than in her first few pro bouts. While she may not have the time necessary to make improvements at the rate of someone who started their career at a younger age, it’s definitely promising to see her actively improving in some areas.

The Canadian will debut against Kay Hansen, and the immediate matchup comparison that comes to my mind is her split decision loss to Elise Reed in 2020. Jasudavicious held a considerable height and reach advantage in that strawweight fight but struggled heavily when striking with Reed. Her best moments came when she managed to get takedowns and maintain top control, but the striking disparity throughout the contest was enough for two of the three judges to give Reed the decision.

This will be Hansen’s first UFC fight at flyweight after going 1-1 (though her loss was a controversial one) as a strawweight for the promotion, and Jasudavicious will have a similar size advantage to the one she had against Reed. The matchup is a great opportunity for Jasudavicious to potentially show those fight-to-fight improvements I mentioned, but the younger Hansen likely holds the edge.

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