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Claudia Gadelha says taking away her fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk would be 'disrespectful'

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

If UFC women's strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha isn't the next fighter to challenge champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for her belt then it's news to her.

The Brazilian fighter was initially promised a fight against Jedrzejczyk after defeating Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190 on Aug. 1. However, a story by Yahoo's Kevin Iole indicates Dana White has already pegged No. 10-ranked Valerie Letourneau to replace the shelved "Claudinha," who will need three months to nurse a partially torn ligament in her middle finger before she can actually punch with it.

MMAFighting.com's Brazilian correspondent Guilherme Cruz caught up with Gadelha, who told him she was surprised to read about the switch up.

"I don't know anything about this. I read Dana White's comments, but he hasn't talked with us yet. Joanna said she would be ready to fight me by December or January because of her injury, but she's ready to fight someone else earlier. I said I'd be ready by December or January because she was also injured, but if Dana White wants to give her another fight, do it."

Gadelha, 13-1, has just one blemish on her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record, a split decision loss to the current champion incurred last December at UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic. She's been chomping at the bit to get back in the cage with the Polish fighter ever since.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian said she's confident that she will eventually get the rematch, one way or another.

"Put another one in front of me and I will run through her. This fight will happen, but this is really disrespectful. The belt is mine. I beat her once, and I will beat her again. They are trying to take this away from me for a while, but my time will come."

UFC never officially booked the tentative matchup of Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for UFC 195 on Jan. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas, nor has it booked any other official fights for Jedrzejczyk. No doubt that will change in the days and weeks to come.