Jessica-Rose Clark says she's fighting Paige VanZant at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

In the span of a few short weeks, Jessica-Rose Clark has gone from making her UFC debut on short notice to being lined up for a fight with one of the organization’s biggest stars.

Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who debuted in the octagon with a split-decision win over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121 this past weekend, revealed on social media that she’s lined up to fight Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at January’s UFC Fight Night 124 event.

Her announcement follows initial reports from ESPN.com and MMAFighting.com (via Instagram):

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UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Clark accepted the UFC Fight Night 121 matchup with Rawlings on short notice after Joanne Calderwood was forced to withdraw due to injury. She missed weight by two pounds for the UFC’s newly created women’s flyweight division, but the 29-year-old Australian managed to get the narrow win over Rawlings on the scorecards.

Following the fight, Clark said she already feels near title contention and hoped for a full training camp for her sophomore octagon appearance. She’ll get that, and more.

VanZant hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 22 in December 2016. After some time off, “12 Gauge” announced her intention to move up to the 125-pound division from strawweight, and she was booked for a clash with Jessica Eye at UFC 216 in October. However, the 23-year-old was forced to pull from the card due to a back injury. She’s already returned to training, though, and will debut in the weight class against Clark.

The latest UFC Fight Night 124 card now includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Irene Aldana vs. Talita Oliveira
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Paige VanZant

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jessica-Rose Clark already feels near title shot in 'wide open' flyweight division

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SYDNEY – Although she’s only one fight into her octagon tenure and still hasn’t technically made the weight class, Jessica-Rose Clark feels like a contender in the UFC women’s flyweight division.

Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who made her promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 121 on Saturday with a split-decision win over Bec Rawlings (7-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), came in two pounds overweight after accepting the contest, which co-headlined the FS1-televised card at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, on just 11 days’ notice.

Still, Clark feels beating Rawlings puts her on the map at 125 pounds. She regrets not making the limit, but knows she can in the future. Moreover, given the fact it was just the third bout scheduled for the weight class under the UFC banner, Clark believes the win puts her in a good position.

“100 percent, I’m supposed to be in flyweight,” Clark told MMAjunkie following her win. “I’ve felt like that for a long time and it’s just taken me a while to get my weight in check and make sure my preparation is key. It’s wide open. I feel like I’m a couple fights away from being able to fight for the belt anyway after they crown it Dec. 1 (at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale). I feel I stack up well with anybody they give me.”

Clark’s UFC debut came together in a whirlwind situation. She stepped in as a short-notice replacement for Joanne Calderwood and defeated a veteran opponent. It was a closely matched fight over three rounds, resulting in a split call from the judges. The all-Aussie matchup was something Clark saw in her future for quite some time, but didn’t expect it to come under the given circumstances.

“Everything about this fight and the matchup was amazing,” Clark said. “It felt like the perfect storm. It’s my 30th (birthday) in a few days and I really wanted to come home, but I couldn’t afford it. Then this fight happened and it was against Bec. This fight has been talked about in Aussie MMA for about five years now, but we were always two divisions apart. It’s crazy it finally happened, and it happened on the biggest stage in the world.”

Although missing weight will somewhat put an asterisk next to the win, Clark was just pleased to get her hand raised. She believes she would have finished Rawlings inside the distance with a full training camp, and said she hopes to have that opportunity ahead of her next fight.

“I honestly thought I could have finished that fight,” Clark said. “Obviously I took it on pretty short notice and had a tough weight cut. I feel like with a bit of better preparation I could have finished it in the second. I almost finished it anyway. I’m sure happy with that. As each fight goes by, they get better and better.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Jessica-Rose Clark takes split from Bec Rawlings

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In a short-notice call-up to the UFC, Jessica-Rose Clark impressed on just 11 days’ notice with a split-decision win over Bec Rawlings.

Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) got a pair of 29-28 scores against Rawlings (7-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who got a 29-28 of her own. Rawlings appeared to be shocked by the decision.

The catchweight bout (Clark missed the flyweight limit) was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Rawlings came out swinging, but so did Clark. A minute in, Rawlings caught a Clark kick and drove her straight down to the canvas. Rawlings went to work on top in Clark’s guard. There, Rawlings landed some heavy hands and used them to pop out to half-guard. But Clark perfectly reversed and got on top with Rawlings settled back into guard.

Midway through, Rawlings threatened with an armbar, but couldn’t hold it when Clark slid around to side control. With 90 seconds left, the fight moved back to the feet and Rawlings marched Clark straight down for a body kick. Clark landed some nice overhand rights, but kept backing up to be cautious of Rawlings’ attacks.

Rawlings went to the center in the second and pushed Clark outside. Clark circled and landed a right, then got inside for a few more punches. But Rawlings kept chasing her down and clinched up a minute in. Clark muscled Rawlings around and reversed position on the fence, then Rawlings reversed.

Just ahead of the midway point, Clark broke free. Clark landed a big right hand, then took Rawlings to the canvas. With two minutes left, Clark worked for an arm-triangle choke, then tried to jump to mount. With 45 seconds left, Clark broke the choke off and landed a heavy elbow, then a few more to close out the round.

Both fighters came out slugging in the third. Rawlings tried a spinning attack 20 seconds in. Clark threw heavy leg kicks. Ninety seconds in, Rawlings backed Clark up with a 1-2, but Clark stayed right in the pocket for body kicks. Midway through, Rawlings landed some heavy punches to the chin. With two minutes left, Rawlings landed a big right hand that seemed to hurt Clark. In response, Clark clinched up – but Rawlings got the takedown with 80 seconds left. Clark got back to her fee with 50 seconds left and kept Rawlings tied up for a short takedown that may have sealed the deal.

Clark now has won back-to-back fights following a two-fight skid. Rawlings saw her losing skid hit three fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 121 event in Australia.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 121 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura

Records: Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Werdum 3-2, Tybura 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Werdum No. 3, Tybura honorable mention
Odds (as of 11/13/17): Werdum -360, Tybura +300

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Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Bec Rawlings

Records: Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Past five: Rawling 2-3, Clark 2-2 (one no-contest)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/13/17): Rawlings -150, Clark +130

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Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad

Records: Tim Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Past five: Means 3-1 (one no-contest), Muhammad 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/13/17): Means -260, Muhammad +220

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Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic

Records: Jake Matthews (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC)
Past five: Matthews 2-3, Velickovic 2-2-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/13/17): Matthews -150, Velickovic +130

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Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou

Records: Daniel Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Elias Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Past five: Kelly 4-1, Theodorou 3-2
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/13/17): Theodorou -260, Kelly +200

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Alex Volkanovski vs. Shane Young

Records: Alex Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Shane Young (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Volkanovski 5-0, Young 5-0
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/13/17): Theodorou -260, Young +200

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For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rawlings announces Calderwood out, newcomer Jessica-Rose Clark in at UFC-Sydney

Injury has forced Joanna Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) out of next week’s UFC Fight Night 121 event, according to her intended opponent, Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

“Rowdy” took to social media to announced that with Calderwood out, she’ll now face promotional newcomer and fellow Aussie Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121, which takes place Nov. 19 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Due to the time change, the card airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18, with the majority airing on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Promotion officials have yet to confirm the change.

Rawlings looks to recover from back-to-back losses. “Rowdy” Bec got got her UFC shot courtesy of “The Ultimate Fighter 20.” On the show’s live finale, she dropped a decision to Heather Jo Clark. But she bounced back with consecutive wins in her home country of Australia – a submission of Lisa Ellis in 2015 and a decision over Seo Hee Hamm in 2016.

Those wins earned her a step up in competition. But against Paige VanZant in the UFC on FOX 21 co-main event, she was caught with a head kick early in the second round. And against Tecia Torres at UFC Fight Night 104 in February, she missed the strawweight limit at weigh-ins, then lost a decision on fight night.

Meanwhile, Clark had been preparing for a Dec. 8 bout with Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 26. She saw live action most recently in August, taking a split-decision win over Carina Damm at Titan FC 45. Prior to the win, “Jessy Jess” had dropped back-to-back decisions to Sarah Kaufman and Pam Sorenson.

With the change, UFC Fight Night 121 now includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Alex Volkanovski vs. opponent TBA

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET )

  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa

Fore more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jennifer Maia puts 125 title on line vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz at Invicta FC 26 in December

Invicta FC will return in December, a week later than had been previously reported, and the flyweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Invicta FC 26 takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card had been expected to take place Nov. 30 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. Instead, the card heads to a familiar venue for the promotion.

An Invicta FC official told MMAjunkie that while promotion President Shannon Knapp had applied for an appropriate license to hold the event in Las Vegas, Invicta FC never had formally announced the event for Nov. 30.

In the headliner, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) will put her belt up for grabs against unbeaten challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-0), the promotion announced on Wednesday. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the card, Mizuki Inoue (12-4) returns to take on Janaisa Morandin (9-1) at strawweight, and Vanessa Porto (18-8) meets Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4) in a flyweight bout.

Brazil’s Maia won the interim flyweight title in March 2016 with a unanimous decision win over Porto. She was promoted to full champ later that year and defended the title with a split decision over Roxanne Modafferi in September 2016.

Niedzwiedz, from Poland, has wins in both her fights under the Invicta FC banner. In June 2016, she outpointed Christine Stanley in her promotional debut. And in May, at Invicta FC 23, she took a decision from Porto. Of her 10 career wins, seven have been by stoppage.

The Invicta FC 26 card includes: can be found below:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mizuki Inoue vs. Janaisa Morandin
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Vanessa Porto

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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