Jessica-Rose Clark took up Muay Thai kickboxing in her late teens. And
though she studied marketing and sports marketing for a time at
college, she eventually dropped out to become a full-time fighter. The
Australian quickly pivoted to mixed martial arts and made her
professional debut in December 2012 – a fight she won by TKO in the
third round. She continued to make a name for herself, notching five
wins in her native country. She stepped out into international
competition in 2015.
Though she met with setbacks, Clark hit her stride again in 2017 at
Titan FC 45, where she scored a split-decision win against Carina
Damm. Three months later, she made her UFC debut in a co-main event
bout at UFC Fight Night 121. She won that fight via split-decision and
cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with.
After suffering injuries and health problems in 2018 and 2019, she
powered up from flyweight to bantamweight, changed trainers, and
bounced back with full force into the octagon.
September 2020 saw Clark thoroughly dismantle rookie Sarah Alpar at
UFC Fight Night 178. However, Clark also aggravated a lingering knee
injury in the fight and underwent surgery in October. Even so, she
received welcome news during rehabilitation – a new four-fight deal