Claudia
Gadelha
13-1-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #1 Women Strawweight
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Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 3 fights.
Record: 13-1-0
Summary: Strength, Jiu-Jitsu

Fighter Info

From: Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte Brazil
Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Age: 26
Height: 5' 4" ( 162 cm )
Weight: 115 lb ( 52 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
482
43% Successful
208
Types of Successful Strikes
0
208
74% Standing
12%
15%
153
24
31
Striking Defense
70
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
26
62% Successful
16
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
3
10
0
Takedown Defense
100
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Win
Claudia Gadelha
Aug 1, 2015
111
70
4
0
0
0
3
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Claudia Gadelha
Dec 13, 2014
27
38
7
0
1
0
2
0
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Claudia Gadelha
Jul 16, 2014
70
29
5
0
2
0
5
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous

Biography

Claudia Gadelha holds an important place in UFC history, but there’s little doubt she’s working toward something bigger.

Gadelha won the first UFC women’s strawweight match, defeating Tina Lahdemaki by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night Atlantic City in July 2014. It put her on a path that she hopes will lead to a title.

By Gadelha’s reckoning, it already should have happened. The only blemish on her 13-1 record was a controversial split decision loss to current strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in December 2014. Gadelha has said she broke her finger in the first round of that bout.

She has otherwise been perfect, winning six fights by submission and two by knockout to rise to the No. 1 contender slot. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who has seven first-round finishes, began her pro career in 2008 and ran off 10 consecutive wins before joining Invicta FC.

A broken nose prevented Gadelha from fighting Carla Esparza for the inaugural Invicta strawweight championship, but she made her debut in June 2013 with a TKO of Ayaka Hamasaki.

Gadelha signed with the UFC in December 2013 to compete on “The Ultimate Fighter,” which was expected to crown the organization’s first 115-pound champion. But after consulting with her coaches, Gadelha opted not to take part and instead began her Octagon career with the Lahdemaki bout.

Her loss to Jedrzejczyk at UFC Fight Night Phoenix was followed by a commanding victory over MMA veteran Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190, which put Gadelha back in the title picture.

“Me and Joanna, we need to fight again to prove to us who is the best strawweight in the world,” Gadelha said.

That’s the kind of history she’s looking for.
 
TRAINING: Hard and rewarding.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
I fell in love with jiu-jitsu when I was very young.

What ranks and titles have you held?
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Andre Pederneiras

Do you have any heroes?
My Father.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
It’s a dream coming true.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
Yes. I went to Law School

What was your job before you started fighting?
I started fighting very young and this helped me to pay for college.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition?
BJJ 3x World Champion at Brown belt

Favorite grappling technique:
Rear Naked Choke

Favorite striking technique:
Uppercut
• Member of the Nova Uniao team that has produced Jose Aldo and Renan Barao

• Pro since 2008

• Six wins by submission (5 armbar, 1 RNC), two by knockout

• Seven first round finishes

• Owns 2012 win over current UFC fighter Valerie Letourneau

Career

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