Thursday, June 11, 2015

Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Aguilar added to Aug. 1 UFC show

Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Aguilar
Globo's MMA website Combate reported this morning that Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Aguilar will be added to UFC 190 in Brazil. Globo is the UFC Brazilian broadcaster. They are reporting that there are verbal agreements. The fight agreements still need to be signed. This match will determine who gets the next shot at the UFC Strawweight Championship. Claudia is a BJJ black belt and she trains at Nova Uniao. In her last fight, she suffered her first loss by split decision to current UFC Strawweight Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Though I scored the fight for Claudia it was very close and I explained in my analysis how the judges scored the fight the other way. Her problem in that fight is easy to correct. After a takedown, she needs to advance her position. Of course Joanna's defense may have been better than Claudia's offense. So Claudia has been whining about the loss ever since and she and her manager told Tatame that she should have got the title shot that went to Jessica Penne. They lobbied the UFC for it but were rebuffed. Obviously the UFC wants her to win a fight first. Claudia was scheduled to fight Aisling Daly in March but Claudia dropped out due to a back injury. This will be Jessica's UFC debut after wasting two years at UFC placeholder WSOF. Her problem is she hasn't fought an elite fighter in a long time and her wins in and before the WSOF weren't that impressive. So we're going to find out if Jessica is still an elite fighter because her opponent is clearly an elite fighter. I thought they might match Jessica up with Carla Esparza after Carla made some stupid comments recently about Jessica. But if Jessica wants to step into the deep end of the pool for a possible fast track to a title shot, that suits me fine. I'm looking forward to this one. Who wants it more?

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