Going into last night's (Sat., Aug. 1, 2015) opening main card bout at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, many expected Jessica Aguilar to defeat Claudia Gadelha on her way to a much-anticipated title fight against strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
"Claudinha," though, decided to flip the script.
Gone In 34 Seconds!
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Claudia went on to dominate Aguilar -- the former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) champion -- with relative ease, busting up Aguilar's face en route to a unanimous decision victory (full fight recap here).
In doing so, Claudia snapped Jessica's 10-fight win streak and derailed the championship dreams she had in mind when she was granted her release by WSOF in order to prove that her longtime No. 1 ranking was justified.
Now, Aguilar will head to the back of the line while Gadelha will get her much-desired rematch against Jedrzejczyk, as UFC president Dana white confirmed that the Brazilian bomber would get next crack at the talented striker.
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The two initially went toe-to-toe at UFC on FOX 13 last December, a back-and-forth brawl that saw Joanna sneak away with a split-decision victory. Three months later, Joanna would unseat Carla Esparza as the ruler of the 115-pound weight class.
The loss for Gadelha was the first of her mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but now she'll get a chance to get some get-back and claim her first-ever world title in the process.
A timetable for the fight is uncertain, as both ladies are tending to injury's, as Joanna is recuperating after going under the knife to repair a broken finger suffered during her title defense against Jessica Penne a month ago.
Coincidentally, enough, Gadelha suffered the same fate during her fight against Aguilar, as she appeared in this interview with a sling on her left hand and revealed she had broken her finger.
For now, the talented ladies will get some much-needed rest before they run it back one more time.