On the heels of the UFC women’s strawweight title announcement of Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her belt against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in May, the UFC announced today that #1 ranked strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha will be facing the #2 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212.
Gadelha (14-2) and Kowalkiewicz (10-1) have only suffered defeat from one fighter – Jonna Jedrzejczyk. Should Joanna be successful in her 5th title defense at UFC 211, this bout could very well set up the winner for a rematch.
Both Claudia and Karolina expressed interest in fighting one another recently, and it appears UFC brass was listening.
Gadelha’s last fight in the octagon was a unanimous decision win over Courtney Casey this past November.
Kowalkiewicz is coming off of a UFC 205 unanimous decision loss to Jedrzejczyk, the first of her career.
Headlined by a UFC featherweight title match between champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway, UFC 212 takes place Saturday, June 3rd, from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.