Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza recently threw some very serious allegations toward Claudia Gadelha, saying “Claudinha” was greased for their fight at UFC 225, which the Brazilian bomber won via split decision last Saturday night (June 9, 2018) in Chicago, Illinois.
Now, Gadelha has responded to “Cookie Monster’” claims, saying her comments are nothing more than excuses after getting beaten at her own game by a fighter who wasn’t even at full health.
”I think Carla is trying to find excuses for what happened,” Gadelha said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I badly injured my knee, everyone at the UFC (Performance) Institute knows that because I was treated by the institute’s physiotherapist. (The physiotherapist) was the only reason I didn’t pull out of the fight,” revealed Claudia.
“She said ‘I’ll take care of you.’ I kept visiting the physiotherapist during fight week to be able to fight. I felt the knee in the first round, could barely stand, and still beat Carla in her game, wrestling, so I think she’s just mad she couldn’t outwrestle me. She was supposed to be a high-level wrestler and that’s how she lost to me.”
For Claudia, greasing is so yesterday, saying athletic commissions are so vigilant when it comes to following rules and had she been greasing it would have been detected prior to stepping into the cage.
”There’s an athletic commission with officials following you the moment you enter the arena up until the point you enter the Octagon, including inside the Octagon, checking if there’s something on your body. Come on, we’re in 2018, this greasing story is from Vale Tudo days, don’t know how many years ago. At this level, today, I don’t think it happens anymore,” she added, while saying greasing wouldn’t have helped her one bit when it came to her strategy.
”And by the way, my strategy was to grapple her. I’m a grappler. Why would I put something on my body to not be able to grapple? I was talking to my coach now, we have a list of things written on a paper, notes of things we planned doing in the fight, and grappling was the biggest part of my strategy. Why would I put something on my body? That makes no sense.”
Esparza took to Twitter to lay out some rather interesting statistics in hopes of getting a rematch. It’s a do-over Gadelha is not opposed to, as she is confident she will win more convincingly next time around since she will be at full health.
As it stands, Claudia is waiting to get an MRI report to see how long it will be before she can get back into the swing of things.