#UFC225 results: Claudia Gadelha wins narrow split-decision over Carla Esparza

Tonight, at UFC 225 in Chicago, top ten strawweight contenders and longtime rivals Carla Esparza and Claudia Gadelha finally clashed in the Octagon.

RECAP: Round one and we are underway in a highly anticipated strawweight showdown. Boxing stance for Gadelha looking to land powerful shots while Carla is looking to dart in and out. Gadelha lands some solid shots, and Cookie Monster slips! Carla is right back up, returns fire and wobbles Gadelha! Both fighters are having some big moments so far. At the very end of the round, CG looked to snap on a slick guillotine but ran out of time. Claudinha gets a second-round takedown and maintains top position for the majority of the round. Third and final frame– Esparza doing great work on the feet. Gadelha is looking exhausted. It can easily be 1-1. They exchange takedowns, both diligently working to get back to their feet when needed. Towards the end of the round, Esparza reverses position and ends up on top. She unloads some big shots on Gadelha!

Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

What did you think of tonight’s strawweight fight?

NICK on Twitter


  1. It was a good fight. Esparza did much better than I had hoped and I could have seen the fight going either way, but I was leaning towards Carla.

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