Sunday, August 02, 2015

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Aguilar

Here's the fight video of Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Aguilar from last night's UFC show in Brazil. The winner of this fight gets a shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk's UFC Strawweight Championship. It's a tough fight for Jessica because she's been wasting the last two years in the WSOF fighting mediocre competition. Claudia is a massive step up in competition. Claudia is bigger, stronger and quicker than Jessica. And that's what we saw in the first two rounds. Claudia just outgunned Jessica with strikes and she broke Jessica's nose. There were a couple of takedowns but they were with seconds left in both rounds so they weren't a factor. Jessica didn't do enough in either round. Jessica did better in round three especially with leg kicks. But she needed a finish and that approach wasn't going to get a finish. As we have seen before, Claudia's cardio isn't the greatest in late rounds. So Claudia won easily. But she may still have problems with Joanna. Joanna beat Claudia by split decision last December. But now that she's champ and her striking has got her 2 TKOs, she's more confident now. And that could tip the scales in Joanna's favour. Claudia is not going to win a striking battle with Joanna. She will have to figure out a way to use her BJJ to beat Joanna. That's easier said than done because Joanna has excellent ground defense and she's well coached. Claudia broke her finger last night so I expect a six month medical suspension. And Joanna is recovering from surgery on a broken thumb. So I expect this fight to happen in early 2016. Maybe the New Year's show in Vegas. Enjoy the video!
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