The UFC strawweight division is the promotion’s most exciting new addition. The talent pool is stacked, with a dominant Joanna Jedrzejczyk perched at the very top, the belt tight around her waist.
Before her arrival, Nova União’s Claudia Gadelha was more or less the de facto best-in-the-game. Until she met Jedrzejczyk, who now goes simply as Joanna Champion. Joanna was able to deliver a controversial split decision win, garnering the right to challenge Carla Esparza’s strap, which she won in the The Ultimate Fighter 20’s Finale.
Before losing to Joanna, Gadelha was undefeated in battle. She counted on 12 powerful victories, of which she allowed only four to go to decision. The Nova União Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt submitted everyone else, and she was gearing up to become the division’s champ.
Gadelha hasn’t fought since that night, on December 13th, 2014.
Recently, the World Series of Fighting announced that they’d released one of their stars, Jessica Aguilar, to allow her pursuit of larger dreams. Jessica Aguilar then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, joining the deep strawweight pool.
Counting on 19 wins and 4 losses, the World Series of Fighting strawweight champion comes into the Octagon undefeated since 2010. She’s won her last ten fights.
Gadelha and Aguilar meet each other on the card Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia headline, August 1st. The event takes place at Arena da Barra in Rio de Janeiro. A win for either of these fighters could mean a chance to challenge the titleholder.
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