29-Year-Old UFC strawweight 16-3-0
June 17, 2018 Claudia Gadelha News
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Gadelha disclosed via her personal Twitter account that she will undergo knee surgery in the upcoming week.
Gadelha did just enough to earn a split-decision win over Carla Esparza at UFC 225, but it appears she collected that victory while fighting at less than 100 percent. According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Gadelha sustained knee and thigh injuries prior to that matchup, but decided against pulling out of the fight. This potentially explains why she let this fight get much closer than what the betting odds indicated, as she was the largest favorite on the card heading into the bout. Without knowing the exact nature of the procedure, it's difficult to determine the amount of time Gadelha expects to be on the shelf. When ready, the former title contender is open to a rematch with Esparza, though another title opportunity against current champion Rose Namajunas can't be counted out either.
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Fantasy AnalysisShe had to work for it. Gadelha started uncharacteristically slowly and she allowed Esparza, who isn't known as much of a striker at all, to flatten her with a beautiful combination in Round 1. Gadelha slowly used her upper-body strength to gain control of the fight, but her striking defense looked poor all night and she would have lost had she not connected on 4-of-5 takedown attempts. On paper this appeared to be a strong matchup for Gadelha, but she looked sluggish and was fortunate to emerge victorious. The 29-year-old Brazilian will need to continue to rack up wins if she wants to get back in the title picture.
Fantasy AnalysisThe fight will mark Gadelha's first bout since opting to take a leave of absence in late October. Gadelha, 29, enters the fight with a 15-3 record. Since coming out victorious in her first 12 fights, Gadelha has split her next six matches. While experience appears to be a push, Gadelha does stand two inches taller than Carla Esparza.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha recently suffered a loss to Jessica Andrade in a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night on Sept. 22 in Japan. The 28-year-old stated that she hasn't trained in a month, and will travel with her parents for a little while during her time off. She also said that she has "life planned out" until February, and after that point, she will then reenter the fold. Overall, Gadelha sports a 15-3 career record, and won her previous two bouts prior to the fight against Andrade.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha started out well by out-striking Andrade in the beginning of the first round. She used movement and fast hands to open up a cut on Andrade's forehead that gushed blood. However, once the larger strawweight was able to close the distance she picked up Gadelha and landed a massive takedown. From there, the former bantamweight used her size and Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to dominate the No. 1-ranked UFC strawweight. Gadelha also suffered a bad cut in the first round. Gadelha seemed gassed after the first round, and she was dominated for the rest of the fight. The third round was not competitive. Gadelha was too exhausted to mount any offense and she was the proverbial nail to Andrade's hammer for the entire round. "Claudinha" certainly earned respect as she survived until the final bell.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha will enter the highly anticipated bout having won consecutive fights. With a 15-2 record, Gadelha could be a slight favorite leading up to the fight. Her opponent, Jessica Andrade, comes into the fight looking to rebound after a dissapointing loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter watching this match, it makes you wonder why Gadelha waited nearly three minutes to try and take her opponent to the mat. The second the Brazilian powered in on a takedown attempt this fight was over. Gadelha used her massive upper-body strength to eventually force Karolina to the mat and she slowly got into position for the RNC that ended the bout. Gadelha deserves credit for tailoring her game plan to her biggest strength, and the dominant effort earned her a Performance of the Night bonus. Gadelha has given UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk the two most competitive fights of her career, and although Gadelha lost both of them, it would seem to only be a matter of time before the two women meet again.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha has passed every test that's came her way in mixed martial arts, with the exception of current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, against whom she owns two losses. The Nova Uniao product has seen four straight fights go to a decision, but there's no denying she has solid knockout power for a strawweight. A win against Kowalkiewicz could propel Gadelha back to the top of the promotion's strawweight division, though UFC brass may be reluctant to schedule a third fight against Jedrzejczyk, given her performance to date.
Fantasy AnalysisIt should have been 29-27 across the board with Gadelha being docked a point for an illegal kick to Casey's head that could have taken it clean off if it landed flush, but the officiating on Saturday night hasn't exactly been on point. Gadelha landed the far harder shots on the feet, and she also connected on all six of her takedown attempts. Gadelha isn't tall, but she has seemingly super-human strength for such a small woman. A fitness freak who keeps herself in phenomenal shape, Gadelha is clearly the second-best strawweight in the world. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, she has already lost to UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk on multiple occasions.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha will enter the Octagon for the first time since her second loss to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and will face the No. 14 contender in the division. Look for the 27-year-old to enter as the heavy favorite, as she's been dominant against nearly every fighter in her path with the exception of Jedrzejczyk. It's a tough fight to advocate selecting from a fantasy perspective, as each of Gadelha's four UFC bouts have finished in a decision, limiting the overall upside. The No. 1 contender has just two knockouts on her resume, both of which arrived in her pre-UFC days.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha must get clearance from a doctor on her right thumb fracture or she will be sidelined until January 5, 2017. She most recently lost by unanimous decision to strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the TUF 23 Finale on Friday. If she gets cleared, she still won't be able to fight until after August 23.
Fantasy AnalysisCardio is everything in the sport and the challenger's lack of said cardio cost her a title. Gadelha dominated the first two rounds, landing takedowns seemingly at will, but she slowed dramatically about halfway through the third frame and by the championship rounds she was standing around doing nothing. While she isn't half the striker that Jedrzejczyk is, Gadelha did a good job early of limiting the champion's opportunities to use her Muay Thai skills. Claudia officially landed four takedowns and racked up nearly two full rounds (9:48) worth of control time, but her gas tank betrayed her. Gadelha is very muscular and prone to tiring quickly, and if this was a three-round fight she would have won, but of course, it wasn't. Claudia is clearly the second best 115-pounder in the world and the odds are extremely high that the two women will meet again at some point in their careers.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha gave Jedzejczyk one of the toughest fights of her career, losing a controversial split-decision bout. That defeat, back in December of 2014, was the only loss of her professional career, and she has since bounced back with a convincing victory over Jessica Aguilar. She'll surely be hungry to avenge her only loss, especially following a full season of coaching competition.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is why Valerie Letourneau is getting the next title shot against current UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in November. Gadelha simply wouldn't have been anywhere near ready in time. The likely scenario remains Jedrzejczyk easily retaining her title against Letourneau and then defending it against Gadelha in the early portion of 2016.
Fantasy AnalysisUFC president Dana White stated last month that Gadelha (finger) would be getting the next title shot, but she won't be ready to fight by mid-November and the UFC was committed to having Joanna defend her title on this card. It seems like a bad break for Gadelha, but it really isn't that big a deal. The end result will almost certainly be Jedrzejczyk defeating Letourneau and then Gadelha getting her title shot in the spring of next year.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha hurt her finger in her win against Jessica Aguilar earlier this month. It was originally diagnosed as a broken finger, but it was eventually revealed that Gadelha had actually torn a ligament. Her next fight is going to be a rematch against Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC strawweight championship.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha handily defeated Jessica Aguilar in a strawweight bout at UFC 190 on Saturday, but appears to have taken a bit of damage as well. She'll be out for a maximum of 180 days, but it's highly likely she'll be medically cleared earlier. Gadelha, now the No. 1-ranked strawweight contender, is slated for a rematch with champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her next fight.
Fantasy AnalysisNot that there was any doubt, but White made it official after UFC 190 ended on Saturday. Gadelha easily defeated Jessica Aguilar on Saturday and it's obvious that she deserves the next shot. The two fought in December, with Jedrzejczyk picking up the win in a very close split decision.
Fantasy AnalysisFacing one of the better strawweights in the world, Gadelha was on point. She easily won the striking battle and she landed a few huge takedowns. The fight was shockingly non-competitive. Gadelha is nearly certain to get the next title shot against current strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The two fought in December, with Joanna picking up the decision in a razor close split decision that could have gone either way. Gadelha has a better all-around game than Jedrzejczyk, but it's not clear if she will be able to handle Joanna's elite Muay Thai skills. It should make for a terrific rematch if the fight comes to fruition.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha is a -450 favorite, It's perhaps the most surprising line of all. She is a great fighter, arguably the second best strawweight in the world, but Aguilar is no pushover. Gadelha suffered a controversial split decision loss to current UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her last fight in December. She had been scheduled to fight Aisling Daly in April, but Gadelha had to withdraw due to a back issue. She will probably get a title shot if she's successful on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was reported yesterday that Gadelha would be fighting on the card and we now know her opponent. Aguilar, the former World Series of Fighting strawweight champion, signed with the UFC earlier in the day and agreed to face Gadelha in her first fight for the promotion. It should be a terrific bout between two of the best in the world at 115 pounds.
Fantasy AnalysisGadelha was due to fight Aisling Daly in Poland back in April, but she had to withdraw from the bout due to injury. She hasn't fought since December of last year. That was a split decision loss to current women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a fight many people think Gadelha won. It was her first professional loss.