Jasmine Jasudavicius is one of the top Canadian prospects in all of MMA.
While most fighters find the sport through years of wrestling, combat sports, or martial arts experience, Jasudavicius took a more unique approach.
The 30-year-old Jasudavicius returns to action this Saturday night taking on Kylie O’Hearn in the main event of Cage Titans: Combat Night 2. The event will take place at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts and will stream on FloCombat.
After a 4-0 amateur career that lasted 13 months, Jasudavicius made her pro debut in July at WFC 109 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania against Brigid Chase. After an aggressive first round from both fighters, Jasudavicius was able to use her patience and control to take the fight to the mat, leading to a second-round rear naked choke submission victory.
Seeing the amount of potential Jasudavicius brings to the table, it’s hard to believe that she, essentially, began her MMA journey by accident.
“It’s actually kind of a weird story,” Jasudavicius told The Scrap. “My boyfriend, Chris Prickett — he’s my coach and everything, now — we had just started dating at the time and he was going up to do a little camp with Jason Saggo in PEI (Prince Edward Island) and he asked, ‘Hey, do you want to come to PEI with me?’, and I said, ‘Sure, I haven’t been there before. I’d like to see it!’.”
“We went there and we were obviously in the gym a lot and the one day they were sparring, I was like ‘I want to spar, I want to spar,’ and they were like, ‘You’ve never done anything before in your life. You’ve done soccer but that’s about it. You just can’t go in there and spar.’ Jason had agreed to work with me afterwards, so Jason and I were messing around and he said, ‘You’ve got some natural ability, maybe if you start training, you could make a run at this’, and then it wasn’t until we went to an event and I saw it where I thought, ‘Wow, this is awesome!’.”
“So I started training a little bit more and the Brock University wrestling team, they go on a Christmas trip every year and we went to Cuba that year. It was the same kind of thing, Chris asked if I wanted to go to Cuba, I said ‘obviously’, and I thought it would be an all-exclusive vacation. Once we were there, it was a training camp. It was on a resort, but it was training twice a day. We got there and we had a couple of drinks at the bar and he told me we had to do practice at 3:00 and said, ‘Why don’t you just jump in?’ I said ‘give me a couple more of these and I will’, and went to practice. I thought it was awesome and when I came back, that’s when I started training consistently.”
This all went down in 2016 and, a year later, Jasudavicius was all-in on MMA.
As she looks to continue her unbeaten run in the sport of mixed martial arts, Jasudavicius will face the very tough Kylie O’Hearn this Saturday night at Cage Titans: Combat Night 2. O’Hearn, who hails from Plymouth, MA, will return to the women’s flyweight division where she picked up a second-round submission win in her pro debut over Tricia Cicero at Cage Titans 40 in August 2018. O’Hearn jumped up two weight classes in her last appearance to face Jessy Miele at January’s CES 54 event and lost via a third-round TKO.
Jasudavicius didn’t know much about her opponent, but it was a fight that got her excited as she, once again, heads to enemy territory.
“She’s fought at 125 and 135 before,” Jasudavicius said. “They say she’s a good matchup for me so it sounded good. I love fighting in enemy territory.”
The brass ring, so to speak, for Jasudavicius is making it to the UFC and competing for the biggest organization in the world. Equally as important, Jasudavicius believes she can be one of the next big stars of the Canadian MMA scene, especially since that title seems to be currently held by the UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway — a fighter from Hawaii.
“I actually kind of agree with it a little bit,” Jasudavicius explained. “I think it’s cool… Max Holloway is a great fighter and he somehow represents Canada and, obviously, we had GSP and guys like that. Ideally, I’d like to be the next big name, the next big Canadian star.”
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The Scrap’s Mike Heck is an interviewer and features writer for FloCombat, The Body Lock, MyMMANews and BJPenn.com. Happily married and a proud father, Mike also hosts a weekly podcast called Between the Links on the Loudmouth MMA Podcast Network and YouTube page. Follow all of Mike’s exclusive video interviews at Mike Heck MMA on YouTube and follow him on Twitter (@MikeHeck_JR).