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.
UFC 200 rolled out the big guns today during the Media Conference for what promises to be one of the most anticipated and watched UFC cards in a long time.
It didn’t take long for UFC’s biggest rivals to get going with Jon Jones insisting he is the same person as before, he just “doesn’t party like that anymore” and that his “Main goal is to make the fight look easier than it did the first time.” DC on the other hand sounding like he could not wait to get into the “octagon” and crush his arch rival seemed to want to make a point to let us know that he was not as emotional as he was when he fought Jones last time saying “Jones can be as much of a loose cannon as he wants to be in his life? Who cares?” and that “All the stuff that happened in the past is in the past. I’m going to fight for Daniel Cormier and my family”.
It quickly turned however into the Brock Lesnar show who at times was heard laughing out loud and sounding rather amused as Jones and Cormier duked it out on the phone. Lesnar who said he had not really ever stopped training in MMA “any chance I got to grapple, do BJJ or hit mitts I did it” said he knew Hunt was a better striker but he was a better grappler. Hunt responded with “I look forward to dancing with Big Brock on July 9th”
No love lost as fierce rivals and Tuf 23 coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha trade verbal punches on Ultimate Fighter media conference call today!
Joanna who says she indeed “does respect Claudia,” told the press despite the intense exchanges between the two fighters she has “no emotions and is calm and ready” going into the fight and has “more motivation to win than her opponent. “ She also revealed she would like to move to 125, so she can hold the belt in two weight classes and has previously fought at this weight before.
Also,on today’s media conference call the always classy Miesha Tate talked about how she thrives under pressure and was only focused on her upcoming fight with Amanda Nunes and that Ronda Rousey was not really on her mind at all at this time.