Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza, strawweight bout | This Saturday, UFC 225 Prelims | 8pm ET, LIVE on FS1

This Saturday’s UFC 225 event is set to feature an exciting grudge match on its preliminary card when top-ranked strawweights Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza collide.

Gadelha looks to rebound from decision loss to Jessica Andrade.

Gadelha (15-3) looks to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to fellow Brazilian Jessica Andrade at last September’s UFC Fight Night 117 event. The 29-year-old, also known as “Claudinha”, was on a two-fight win streak before the defeat which included an impressive first-round submission win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She owns additional notable wins over the likes of Valerie Letourneau, Cortney Casey, Jessica Aguilar and Ayaka Hamasaki.

Esparza (13-4) has won three of her last four with the one loss coming by way of a controversial split decision to Randa Markos. The 30-year-old, also known as “The Cookie Monster”, is a former UFC strawweight champion and believes she’s made significant improvements to her game since losing the belt to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in 2015. The 30-year-old owns victories over some of the most notable fighters in the world including Rose Namajunas, Felice Herrig and Cynthia Calvillo.

WMMA Strawweight World Rankings

UFC 225 takes place this Saturday June 9 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The preliminary card featuring Gadelha vs. Esparza will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 from 8pm EST.


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