“The Bouncer Caught Her”- Claudia Gadelha Says She Got Into a Fight With Joanna Jedrzejczyk Away From the Cameras

Published 12/25/2021, 6:13 AM EST
SAITAMA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 22: (R-L) Claudia Gadelha of Brazil attempts to submit Jessica Andrade of Brazil in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Saitama Super Arena on September 22, 2017 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Recently, UFC women’s strawweight fighter Claudia Gadelha announced her retirement from professional MMA. The Brazilian was one of the first fighters to compete in the UFC’s 115-pound division. Notably, Gadelha faced Tina Lahdemaki in the UFC’s first strawweight fight, which she won by unanimous decision. Meanwhile, the 33-year-old has shared an interesting story from her early days in the UFC.

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Claudia Gadelha narrated a story from back when she was a part of the Ultimate Fighter 23. Gadelha talked about the time she got into a scuffle with former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Interestingly, there was a lot of animosity between both the fighters on-screen. However, things were even worse backstage.

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Also, ‘Claudinha’ revealed that both of them tried to get away from the cameras to have a go at each other. However, they were always accompanied by security, due to fear of a brawl between the two.

“But, on the last day of shooting, she went to the bathroom and when she was leaving, I went too. We crossed midway, looked at each other, and when we were a little farther away, she cursed me and I cursed her. We went on top of each other, I landed a kick in her stomach, and when the bouncer caught her, she threw a bottle of water at me, which missed me and threw several punches in the air. I started laughing, and she went crazy,” Gadelha told AJFight.

Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk were coaches on the Ultimate Fighter 23. Later, the duo met in a strawweight title championship match in the Finale of the Ultimate fighter, which Jedrzejczyk won via unanimous decision.

Claudia Gadelha announces retirement 

Gadelha’s announcement came as a shocker for her fans, as the Brazilian was only thirty-three years old. ‘Claudinha’ revealed she decided to retire because of concussions in her head. Reportedly, she suffered from post-concussion syndromes after her fight in November 2020. Notably, she came from a loss against Yan Xiaonan.

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“It was very frustrating because my headaches were like a knife stabbing the back of my head. I was very nauseous, I was throwing up and feeling very, very bad. Couldn’t even go for a walk, couldn’t train. It was very frustrating,” ‘Claudinha’ stated in an Instagram post.

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Did ‘Claudinha’ take the right step in retiring from MMA? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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