NASHVILLE – Jordan Espinosa doesn’t know what the future will hold for his UFC career after winning his debut at UFC on ESPN+ 6, but he is ready for anything.
Espinosa (14-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) got a victory in the fleeting flyweight division on Saturday when he outpointed Eric Shelton (12-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) to a unanimous decision at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
It seems like the flyweight division could be wiped out completely at any point, and if that’s the case, Espinosa said he will be ready to move up to the bantamweight division.
“Before this fight I kind of just accepted the fact I was going to be moving up to bantamweight,” Espinosa told reporters, including MMA Junkie, post-fight at UFC on ESPN+ 6. “I’m a big flyweight and after my last fight I got up to about 158 (pounds). I cut a lot of weight to get down to flyweight, but about half of my fights through amateurs and pros have been at bantamweight. I am undefeated at flyweight, but I think I have the experience and team behind me now that I would be confident if I have to move up. But if they want to keep the flyweight division around, I’m all for it.”
Ideally, though, Espinosa would stay put at 125 pounds. He thinks champion Henry Cejudo defending his belt against divisional contenders might help keep the weight class alive, but ultimately Espinosa said he knows his future will be decided by the UFC brass.
One thing he hopes to get some say in, though, is when he gets another fight.
“I want to fight June 8 in Chicago (at UFC 238),” Espinosa said. “That’s only a few months away. I’d fight at flyweight or bantamweight as long as I have the notice to cut down. If it was going to be at flyweight I would do it.”
Who would Espinosa like to fight, though? That’s a trickier question to answer.
“I’m not even sure who is still in the flyweight division honestly,” Espinosa said. “So, no. Not particular name. If this was six months ago I would probably have some names, but I don’t even know if those guys are still in the UFC.”
Watch Espinosa’s complete UFC on ESPN+ 6 post-fight interview above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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