Claudia Gadelha


Set for UFC Oklahoma City
February 12, 2020
Gadelha is scheduled to fight Marina Rodriguez at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, reports.
Gadelha recently had her scheduled bout at UFC 246 canceled due to her opponent failing to make weight, and she'll now return to the octagon against the undefeated Rodriguez. Coming off a hard-fought win over Randa Markos, Gadelha will likely be at a disadvantage in terms of striking versus Rodriguez. She should however boast clear superiority when it comes to offensive wrestling, should that factor into the match.
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Fight canceled for UFC 246
January 17, 2020
Gadelha won't face Alexa Grasso in a strawweight bout at UFC 246 on Saturday since Grasso missed weight, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
According to Helwani, Gadelha still accepted the fight despite her opponent missing weight, but Nevada canceled the bout due to an allowance rule of three pounds for strawweights, and the difference in this case was six pounds. It's a crushing blow for Gadelha, who loses out on a marquee event and potential winnings only one day before the fight after being forced to withdraw from her previous bout in October due to an ankle injury.
Set for UFC 246
January 6, 2020
Gadelha (ankle) will take on Alexa Grasso in a strawweight matchup at UFC 246 on Jan. 18.
Gadelha withdrew from a scheduled matchup against Cynthia Calvillo in October due to an ankle injury, but appears to be healthy enough to take a spot on the much-anticipated pay-per-view card. She enters as a slight betting favorite of (-115) against the highly-regarded prospect, though both women have hit a rocky road of late, with each sporting a 2-2 record in their last four fights. Gadelha has faced the superior competition, but Grasso enters with slight height and reach advantages, in addition to better numbers in terms of striking volume and striking defense. Gadelha has far superior offensive wrestling marks, however, should that become a factor in the matchup.
Withdraws from DC fight
October 22, 2019
Gadelha was forced to withdraw from her fight against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Washington DC scheduled for December 7 due to an ankle injury sustained in her last fight, Damon Martin of reports.
Gadelha sustained finger and ankle injuries in her fight against Randa Markos, and while her finger recovered, she determined that her ankle would not be ready for her upcoming fight scheduled for UFC Washington DC. The 30-year-old opted to withdraw now so the promotion could have enough time to hopefully find a new opponent for Cavillo. Gadelha said she hopes to be ready to fight by the beginning of 2020.
Booked for DC in December
August 25, 2019
Gadelha will take on Cynthia Calvillo in a strawweight matchup at UFC Washington DC on December 7, Gene Wang of the Washington Post reports.
Gadelha came away with a unanimous-decision victory over Randa Markos in her last matchup, which allowed her to bounce back from a loss to Nina Ansaroff in December. It was an opponent Gadelha was supposed to dominate on paper, but she ended up landed just 40 significant strikes in what was an underwhelming fight. She'll need to turn up the volume significantly against Calvillo, who is 5-1 under the UFC banner and coming off a win against Courtney Casey. Calvillo owns the edge in both offensive and defensive striking, but Gadelha should have an advantage in the ground exchange. There was a point when Gadelha was considered the clear-cut No. 2 female strawweight, but she'll need a dominant effort here in order to regain that image. Even after a win, momentum isn't on her side.
Wins snooze fest at UFC 239
July 6, 2019
Gadelha defeated Randa Markos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was the rare fight in which both competitors saw their stock drop. Gadelha won the bout because she was the one constantly pushing forward and dictating the pace of the action, but neither woman accomplished anything offensively over the course of the 15-minute fight. The Brazilian needed a victory any way she could get it following her crushing unanimous decision loss to Nina Ansaroff in December, but this performance won't have fans clamoring to see Gadelha back in the title picture at 115 pounds any time soon.