First reported by Nolan King (@mma_kings), a strawweight clash between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza has been added to UFC 225 in Chicago, IL.
Both Gadelha and Esparza have been vocal for a desire to face one another— a rivalry extending back to Invicta FC where the two were scheduled to fight, though it never happened.
Esparza is coming off a big win over rising contender Cynthi Calvillo. The former champ handed Calvillo her first loss and showed an ever-improving striking game.
Gadelha is coming off a FOTN loss to Jessica Andrade. Post-fight, Gadelha announces a brief hiatus from MMA. Now the former title challenger will look to return with a statement against the former champ.
Gadelha or Esparza?