UFC Tuf 23 Coaches, fierce rivals Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will finally get the chance to settle the score this week in another one of the “must see fights”, that are a part of the UFC’s Fight Week.
The 27-year-old Gadelha (13 -1) is a BJJ black belt expert, training with the likes of Jose Also and Renan Baraao. She has six wins by submission – five armbars and one rear naked choke, which by the way if you did not know is her favorite grappling technique and two by knockout. The only mark on her otherwise stellar record is a controversial split decision loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the current strawweight champion in December 2014.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0) on the other hand at just 28 years of age, has 1 Performance of the night and 1 Fight of the Night honors. She is a skilled and lethal fighter with a strong background in Muay Thai and Boxing, where she is know to use her vicious elbows. She holds a slew of titles as a pro: WKN World Champion, J Girls Champion, WBKF Champion, WKF European Champion and the WMC Champion.
Look for this fight to be as vicious and venomous as it was when the two ladies were on last week’s media conference call.
Claudia Gadelha: I’m very motivated, not only because I’m fighting for the title, but because I’m fighting her. It’s something that I want. I wanted to do it, I wanted to have that opportunity to fight her again because I watched that first fight, too many times and I don’t see how the judges gave the fight to her.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk: Yes, I was the underdog in that first fight. Now, I’m centered, I’ve become a defensive fighter, defense person, and I’ve got much more experience than Claudia Gadelha. I had three fights; I fought eleven rounds. Claudia Gadelha had just one fight against Ayaka Hamasaki, and she fought three rounds, so I’ve got more experience and I feel ready to go.
Claudia Gadelha:. I grew up in the BJJ philosophy, you know, I grew up with other martial arts kids, and I learned how to respect my opponents, and their coaches and everybody around me. So I have that problem with her because I don’t think she grew up in that philosophy, you know, and it kind of bothered me.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk : You can see, you could see that I didn’t have any problems with the other opponents, you know. Even my stare-downs are from fighters, so, but I shake their hands with my opponents before the fight and after the fight. I’m having the problem just with Claudia, so that’s why this fight is going to be really big.