This Saturday at UFC 212, Gadelha will battle fellow former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Gadelha will be the hometown favorite as the fight will be held inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pair will co-headline the pay-per-view event.
In a new video titled, “Big Dreams, Fighting for the UFC,” Gadelha talked about her humble beginnings:
“I’m from a little town in Brazil. It’s tough to have a good life there. I had a lot of big dreams and when I started fighting for the UFC everything happened.”
Gadelha is grateful for having her fortunes change for the better thanks to her success within the UFC. She now wants to help those who were in the situation she was once in.
“I feel like martial arts changed my life. I learned all about respect, dedication, discipline. I don’t know what I would be today if I didn’t get into martial arts. I really feel like I have to give back to the sport everything the sport gave me. So I opened up a gym in New Jersey. There’s two gyms, there’s my gym and an affiliate gym.”
Take a look at the full video below:
UFC 212 takes place this Saturday from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view.