Jesse Strader


Targeted for Feb. 19 event
October 14, 2021
Strader is expected to take on Chad Anheliger in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Feb. 19, reports.
Strader will be looking to recover after falling to Montel Jackson in his UFC debut back in March. He was supposed to fight Mana Martinez, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Anheliger will be making his UFC debut after earning a contract last month.
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Out of Martinez fight
August 12, 2021
Strader (undisclosed) has withdrawn from his August 21 fight against Mana Martinez, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
It's unclear what kind of issue caused Strader to have to withdraw. Trevin Jones will fill in for him in the upcoming fight against Martinez. Strader last was in the Octagon in March when he lost to Montel Jackson via TKO.
Gets second fight with UFC
May 31, 2021
Strader will take on Mana Martinez in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event on Aug. 21, reports.
Strader will be making his second start in the UFC. He will be looking to bounce back after dropping the fight to Montel Jackson. Martinez will be making his UFC debut and boasts an 8-2 career MMA record.
Loses to Montel Jackson
March 20, 2021
Strader lost to Montel Jackson via TKO (punches) at 3:02 in Round 1 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
Strader struggled to recover after getting hit by the heavy-handed Jackson despite having some early success landing low kicks. Jackson knocked down Strader twice. Strader didn't defend well enough to continue for Keith Peterson's liking after the second knockdown, so Peterson stopped the fight. This was a challenging test for Strader's UFC debut, so it's understandable why he lost. If Strader gets an entire camp, he can certainly have a better showing in the future.
Misses weight
March 19, 2021
Strader weighed in at 137.5 pounds which is 1.5 pounds overweight and will result in him forfeiting 20 percent of his purse to opponent Montel Jackson, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
Strader's fight against Jackson will still go on as planned but he'll have to forfeit 20 percent of his earnings. The 29-year-old is making his UFC debut at Saturday's event and will look to make a good first impression despite failing to make weight.
First UFC fight set
March 11, 2021
Strader will take on Montel Jackson in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event March 20, MMA Island reports.
Strader will be making his UFC debut on short notice. The 29-year-old carries a 5-1 career MMA record. He last fought back in early August when he defeated Isiah Batin-Gonzalez. Jackson is coming off a loss back in July when he was a heavy favorite.