Could Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowlalkiewicz be on the horizon?

Could Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowlalkiewicz be on the horizon?

Claudia Gadelha is looking for a fight, Karolina Kowlalkiewicz might be on tap

Don’t file this under a rumor or a potential rumor, it’s just a fight that would make a lot of sense for both fighters.  This is fueled by Twitter and an interview Karolina did.  That said, it would be a great fight between two top ranked Strawweights. It all started when Claudia posted to her Twitter account that was interested in a fight, but nobody seemed willing to face her.

After that, Karolina Kowlalkiewicz said in an interview with the fine folks at FloCombat that she’d be interested in facing Claudia in May.  She was quoted as saying, “I don’t have any confirmed information or contract yet, but I would like to fight at the beginning of May.  I can’t wait to return to the Octagon because I think people are going to see I’ve not just been taking time off, I’ve already made big improvements and the next time you see me I’ll be even better than what you from me at UFC 205.” 

She then went on to name Claudia as a potential opponent in her next fight.  “I don’t pick my opponents, but a fighter I want to test myself against next is Claudia Gadelha. I think she’s one of the best female fighters in the world and I think it makes sense with us both at the top of the rankings.”

Claudia got wind of it, and was definitely down for the fight.  She again tweeted,

This fight would serve as a title eliminator

Claudia and Karolina are ranked number 1 and 2 in the UFC rankings, so the fight would be a a title eliminator.  The winner would face either Joanna Jędrzejczyk or Jessica Andrade depending on who wins their upcoming title fight.  Claudia has two losses in her career, both to Joanna.  Karolina has one career loss, also to Joanna.

Both fighters are very talented, and it would be a compelling fight if it comes to pass.  For now, it’s just an interview and a couple of Tweets, but we’ll keep you updated on any developments that might occur.  It’s a fight that certainly makes sense, and would draw a lot of interest from MMA fans.