Claudia Gadelha challenges Jessica Andrade

Earlier today, top strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha took to Instagram to challenge fellow Brazilian powerhouse Jessica Andrade to a strawweight showdown. 

I’m waiting to hear about my next fight since I got out of the octagon in my last fight. Nobody stepped in until now but I read today that [Jessica Andrade] wants to fight me. She has some guts. Let’s make it happen.

Andrade later took to Instagram to respond to Gadelha. Andrade clarified that she did not intend to call out Gadelha and that her original comments were misinterpreted. However, she’s more than up for the challenge.

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Então as pessoas interpretam errado o que a gente fala, o que foi perguntado para mim era qual seria minha próxima adversária para lutar no UFC e como nunca sabemos quem será nossas adversárias pois é o UFC que decide e fecha as lutas eu disse que em uma próxima luta o UFC podia fechar uma luta com alguma das garotas que estão rankeadas como Tecia Torres, Rose Namajunas ou @claudiagadelhaufc ,Mas já que nunca encontram adversárias nem pra @claudiagadelhaufc nem pra min, acho que juntas nós daríamos um show, não é mesmo @claudiagadelhaufc ?? É difícil ter que lutar com uma co-patriota, mas se essa luta acontecer eu tenho certeza que será um belo confronto, Sim eu aceito! @danawhite @seanshelby @ufc @ufc_brasil —————- So the people misinterpret what we are talking about, what was asked for min was what my next opponent to fight in the UFC and how we never know who our opponents will be because it's the UFC that decides and closes the fights I said in a Next fight UFC could close a fight with some of the girls who are ranked as Tecia Torres, Rose Namajunas or @claudiagadelhaufc, But since they never find adversaries neither for @claudiagadelhaufc nor for min, I think together we would give a show, is not it really? @claudiagadelhaufc ?? It's hard to have to fight a co-patriot, but if this fight happens I'm sure it will be a handsome showdown, yes I do! @danawhite @seanshelby @ufc @ufc_brasil

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People misinterpret what we say. What they asked me was who would be my next UFC opponent. Since we never know who our next opponents will be, since the UFC decides and makes the fights, I said that in a next fight they could decide for a few ranked girls like Tecia Torres, Rose Namajunas or Claudia Gadelha. But, since they never find opponents for Gadelha or me, I think together we’d put on a show. Right, Gadelha? It’s hard to fight a compatriot, but if this fight happens I’m sure it will be a great battle. Yes, I accept it.

Claudia Gadelha was last seen in action at UFC 212 in Brazil when she defeated fellow top strawweight contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz via first round RNC.

Jessica Andrade was last seen in May at UFC 211 when she attempted to capture the strawweight title.

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  1. This is the fight to make at either Strawweight or Flyweight (other than JJ vs. Shevchenko at Flyweight). It’ll be interesting to see which they settle on.

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