The UFC’s women’s strawweight division has been seeing a lot of action lately. UFC Fight Night 104 saw Jessica Andrade defeat Angela Hill and Felice Herrig score a win over Alexa Grasso. Michelle Waterson recently signed with WME and is in New York City taking in New York Fashion Week and UFC 208. But one name that has been noticeably absent is #1 ranked strawweight Claudia Gadelha.
Gadelha (14-2) has been a dominant fighter her entire career, with her only two losses coming at the hands of current strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Her first fight with Joanna ended in a split decision, and many felt that the fight went Claudia’s way.
Claudia, who recently opened Claudia Gadelha’s Academy in Randolph, New Jersey, has never been shy about wanting a fight. It appears as though the problem, however, is other fighters not wanting to step into the octagon with her.
Recently, Claudia and Carla Esparza, the inaugural women’s strawweight champion, got into a war of words on twitter after Claudia called her out for a match. But much to the disappointment of Gadelha, nothing materialized from it.
During a UFC 208 media scrum, Michelle Waterson was asked about a match with Gadelha but quickly shot it down, citing that the two train together and are more like teammates than opponents.
A fight against anyone other than Joanna or a top 5 opponent wouldn’t make much sense for Gadelha. While it seems like fighters in the division are quick to call out anyone not named Claudia Gadelha, the former TUF 23 coach is left wondering, “Who’s next?”
— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) February 10, 2017