The finale for The Ultimate Fighter 23 on Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada featured a main event that’s arguably one of the best women’s mixed martial arts fights ever. UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk was able to retain her title in a very tough contest against Claudia Gadelha, ultimately taking a unanimous decision victory.
For the challenger, however, she wasn’t so convinced she lost. The Brazilian had praise for her opponent’s ability, but isn’t ready to concede she’s the lesser of the two.
“I was fighting to win, and then in the third round, I felt my arms were very tight. I tried to keep fighting back, but Joanna, she escapes a lot. She has good hips and she was escaping from my takedowns. That’s what happened,” Gadelha told the media at the post-fight press conference.
“I think every that knows what they want in life improves and gets better, fight by fight. Not only her, but every fighter that knows what they want in life gets better,” she said. “She got better like I got better and a lot of other fighters get better as well. I think I’m better than her technically. If it wasn’t the conditioning, I could’ve beaten her there.”
According to Gadelha, as well as the judges, she won the first two rounds. After that, however, it gets murky. The top strawweight contender believes she won the third round. Interestingly, however, she admitted her corner did not, or, at least, told her that between rounds.
In the third, Jedrzejczyk began to come alive, stuffing takedown attempts, getting up quickly and landing a barrage of strikes. Gadelha had her moments, too, including a sensational elbow that briefly dropped the champion, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
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