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J.J. Aldrich: Spunky 19-year-old Chanmi Jeon was 'out of her element' at UFC-Auckland

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – J.J. Aldrich was dominant in her first UFC victory when she halted the undefeated streak of prospect Chanmi Jeon at UFC Fight Night 110 on Saturday.

Jeon (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) accepted the fight on short notice after Aldrich’s (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) originally scheduled opponent, Nadia Kassem, suffered an injury. At 19, the South Korean fighter became the youngest member of the UFC roster.

She missed weight, though, and was required to forfeit 20 percent of purse to her opponent in the unanimous-decision loss. Aldrich said she wasn’t bothered by the situations leading up to fight night, and while she wasn’t thrilled with her opponent missing weight, she was just thankful to fight.

“My last fight was a last-minute fight, I took it on seven days’ (notice), and I still made the weight,” Aldrich told MMAjunkie. “She came in at fight week lower than I did and couldn’t make the weight, so I think it’s just maybe being from a different country, not knowing how to do it yet.

“I know it’s her first time trying to make 115, so I’m just appreciative she still stepped up and took the fight and I got it done. I can’t complain.”

Aldrich’s victory over Jeon took place on the UFC Fight Pass early prelims of UFC Fight Night 110, which streamed prior the televised card on FS1 at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Prior to her UFC debut, Jeon had competed only in her home country against inferior opposition. She hung tough despite 30-27 scorecards across the board in Aldrich’s favor, but when time ran out, the American viewed experience as a deciding factor.

“She’s kind of out her element a little bit,” Aldrich said. “She’s used to being like the hometown hero, so I think her confidence was pretty high coming in just because of that. She’s never been in a tough situation. She’s always had good fights and had high confidence. (There was) no reason for her to come in here without it.”

After falling short against Juliana Lima at UFC Fight Night 102 in December in her own short-notice UFC debut, Aldrich is in the UFC win column and ready to proceed with her career. She’s not wasting any time, either; she already a name and date in mind for her next trip to the octagon.

“I had a great time out here in New Zealand, and I heard there’s a card in Sydney,” Aldrich said. “I would love to get on that card in November. The girl that I was originally supposed to fight, Nadia, she got hurt, but that’s her hometown in Australia, so I’d love to go fight her in Sydney in November.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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