Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Former and inaugural UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, following her Split Decision loss to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 225 on Saturday. ‘Cookie Monster’ claimed that Gadelha had greased, and explained that she didn’t tell the referee as she didn’t know what to do.

Now Gadelha has responded, in an interview with Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting.

”I think Carla is trying to find excuses for what happened,” said Gadelha.

”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.

”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.”

”I don’t think my performance guarantees me a title shot, and I don’t want that. I don’t think I performed well. I’m not happy with my performance. I gave all I could in there, but I really fight with only one leg. My knee is bad, I injured my thigh and my LCL and still fought, but I’m sure that if I were 100 percent the fight would had been different.”

”If Carla wants a rematch, I don’t see any problem with that. I’m sure I’ll dominate her even more because I dominated most of the fight with only one leg.”