After a rollercoaster 12-months, the 31-year-old has set herself the goal of being in title contention in 2019.

"I think I have the recipe now because finally I've been given the freedom to hand choose everyone that is involved," Clark said.

Jessy Jess, as she is known when in the octagon, is ranked no.10 in the flyweight division but is looking to move up to bantamweight after weight cutting issues at the end of last year. 

Clark was set to face Andrea Lee in December but was forced out of the bout after she was deemed medically unfit to compete by UFC physicians. 

She admitted that her body just "gave up" on her and she was hospitalised.

Clark was also in the midst of changing gyms to take control of her training and the people around her. It's only made a positive impact on her. 

"I feel more positive. Mentally and emotionally I'm in a much better spot than I have been for the last 12 months and so I think because of that I'm able to learn a lot better, recover from training, a lot happier going into sessions and overall everything has been amazing," she said.

"I'm in control of my life a lot more than I have been."

Originally from Cairns in Queensland's north, she grew up in a family of six with her mother the sole breadwinner of the family after her parents separated when Jessy was about five or six. 

As she grew up, her mum would come to inspire her with the sacrifices she would make for the family and it's helped Jessy become the person who she is today. 

"She's always taught me to work hard and if there is something that needs to be done then just do it, there is no ifs or buts about it," Jessy said.