|Born||Ana Cláudia Dantas Gadelha|
December 7, 1988
Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Team||Nova União (until 2016) |
Luttrell/Yee MMA (2017)
UFC Performance Institute
Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts (2017–present)
Jackson Wink MMA Academy (2017)
Nick Catone MMA (2019–present)
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Pederneiras and Jair Lourenço|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ana Cláudia Dantas Gadelha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈklawdʒɐ ɡaˈdeʎɐ]; born December 7, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Women's Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of April 12, 2021, she is #8 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.
Gadelha had a tough late childhood and early youth. Her mother did not get along with her rebellious character which, in her opinion, did not fit a girl. Gadelha's wish to practice martial arts was also not tolerated by her parents. Later she came into contact with drugs and bad friends which forced her parents to take her to Natal to keep her away from these influences and finish high school. This relocation changed her life completely. At the age of 14, she started to work out secretly in a gym. One day Gadelha went to an MMA event in Natal where she saw a female fight. The experience raised her passion for the sport. At the same event, she met Jair Lourenço, leader of the gym 'Kimura Nova União' in Natal, and he invited her to take a class at the academy. Shortly afterward, by sheer coincidence, her father rented an apartment in the Kimura headquarters, and with that, her relationship with Nova União was cemented. Henceforth she dedicated her life to martial arts and never got involved in drugs again. At age 18, Gadelha moved to Rio de Janeiro where she celebrated her successes in BJJ and debuted in MMA. "The sport was teaching me how I should deal with life. Today, I am a completely different person, thanks to martial arts" Gadelha has said.
Gadelha previously trained at Nova União with former UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo. She is the youngest BJJ black belt in Nova União's history. Gadelha opened her own gym in March 2016 (Claudia Gadelha's MMA & BJJ Academy). In August 2016, she decided to move to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, and left Nova União. As of November 1, 2016, Cláudia Gadelha's Academy (now CG Ultimate Fitness Academy) moved to Randolph, New Jersey. By request of the leaders of her training gym 'Luttrell/Yee MMA' Gadelha moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in July 2017. She also trained at Jackson-Wink MMA Academy which has relationships with Luttrell/Yee MMA.
In early 2018, Gadelha moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she trains at the UFC Performance Institute and Xtreme Couture. In spring 2019 she found professional management at 'Dominance MMA Management. They recommended doing her fight camps at 'Nick Catone MMA' in Bricktown, New Jersey under the tutelage of Mark Henry (striking) and Ricardo Almeida (BJJ). The normal training will continue to take place in Las Vegas.
Mixed martial arts career
Gadelha made her pro-MMA debut on June 5, 2008, at Force Fighting Championship 1 against Elaine Leite. She won via armbar in 17 seconds. Gadelha then won her next six fights to maintain an undefeated 7-0 record.
Gadelha was sidelined for all of 2011 due to complications with a vein in her leg. Upon her return, she took part in the filming of Fight Xchange, a documentary series that followed the lives of six mixed martial artists - three Canadians and three Brazilians - as they trained together and prepared for upcoming fights. The series aired on Super Channel in Canada. Brazilian Globo.com repeated the series in February/March 2014 on their 'canal combate'.
On April 20, 2012, at the conclusion of Fight Xchange, Gadelha made her North American MMA debut against Valérie Létourneau at Wreck MMA: Road to Glory. She won the fight by split decision.
In her next fight, Gadelha earned her first TKO win on September 21, 2012 when she defeated Adriana Vieira at Shooto Brazil 34.
In January 2014 Cláudia won the vote of the WMMA press for the 'Fan Favorite Fighter of the Year 2013.'
Invicta Fighting Championships
Gadelha was scheduled to make her Invicta FC debut at Invicta FC 4 against Carla Esparza for the inaugural Strawweight Championship, but a broken nose forced Gadelha out of the bout and she was replaced by Bec Hyatt.
After recovering from her injury, Gadelha faced and defeated Hérica Tibúrcio on May 11, 2013, at Max Sport 13.2 in Brazil.
Gadelha then made her Invicta FC debut at Invicta FC 6, replacing injured champion Carla Esparza against fellow undefeated fighter Ayaka Hamasaki. Despite having a point deducted in the first round for an illegal knee, Gadelha defeated Hamasaki via third-round TKO and earned a shot at Esparza's strawweight title.
On December 7, 2013, Gadelha was again set to challenge Esparza for the Invicta FC strawweight championship at Invicta FC 7. On late Friday evening before the event, Gadelha was taken to the hospital due to gastroenteritis, triggered by bacteria thus canceling the fight.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Gadelha was signed by the UFC along with ten other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter which will crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion. In April 2014 it was announced that Cláudia Gadelha would not take part in TUF 20, but has signed a direct contract with the UFC.
In the UFC's first female strawweight fight, Gadelha faced Tina Lähdemäki on July 16, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller. Gadelha won the fight via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, and 30–27).
Gadelha next faced Joanna Jędrzejczyk on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13. She lost the fight via split decision. After the horn signaled the end of the third and final round, Gadelha punched Jędrzejczyk after the referee had separated the two fighters. Gadelha immediately apologetically approached Jędrzejczyk and claimed she didn't hear the bell, despite being separated by the referee. Dana White later stated in the UFC on Fox 13 post-fight press conference that the UFC wouldn't take any disciplinary actions towards Gadelha, due to her immediate regret shown towards Jędrzejczyk. The judges' decision caused controversies afterward as the majority of the MMA media and the viewers scored the bout in favor of Gadelha.
Gadelha was expected to face Aisling Daly on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. However, Gadelha pulled out of the bout in late March citing a recent muscle spasm in her back. Subsequently, Daly was pulled from the card entirely.
In early 2016, the UFC announced that Gadelha would be one of the coaches, opposite former opponent Joanna Jędrzejczyk on The Ultimate Fighter 23. A rematch for the UFC Strawweight Championship between the two took place on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
On November 19, 2016, she defeated Cortney Casey at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 via unanimous decision.
Gadelha faced Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the co-main event at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017. She won the bout by rear-naked choke submission in the first round. The win also earned Gadelha her first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Gadelha faced Jéssica Andrade at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami on September 23, 2017. She lost the fight via unanimous decision. The fight earned Gadelha her second Fight of the Night bonus award.
Gadelha was scheduled to face Cynthia Calvillo on December 7, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 7. However, on October 22, 2019, it was announced that Gadelha was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a torn ligament and a ruptured tendon in her ankle and was replaced by Marina Rodríguez.
Gadelha was scheduled to face Alexa Grasso on January 18, 2020 at UFC 246. However, on the day of the weigh-ins, Grasso weighed in at 121.5, 5.5 pounds over the strawweight limit of 116 lbs. The NSAC decided to remove the fight because competitors are not allowed to compete if the weight between them is over 3 pounds.
Gadelha was expected to face Marina Rodriguez on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date Instead Gadelha faced Angela Hill on May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris. She won the bout via split decision. 13 of 17 media outlets scored the fight in favor of Hill.
Gadelha was scheduled to face Yan Xiaonan on September 26, 2020 at UFC 253, but a knee injury sustained by Gadelha ruled her out of the bout. The pair was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira on November 7, 2020 instead. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- BJJ world champion (three times)
- BJJ Rio International Open champion (four times)
- BJJ Brazilian Nationals champion (seven times)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Women's MMA Awards
- 2013 Fan Favorite Fighter of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||18 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||18–5||Yan Xiaonan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira||November 7, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–4||Angela Hill||Decision (split)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris||May 16, 2020||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||17–4||Randa Markos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 239||July 6, 2019||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–4||Nina Ansaroff||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 231||December 8, 2018||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||16–3||Carla Esparza||Decision (split)||UFC 225||June 9, 2018||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||15–3||Jéssica Andrade||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami||September 23, 2017||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–2||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 212||June 3, 2017||1||3:03||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–2||Cortney Casey||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2||November 19, 2016||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||13–2||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale||July 8, 2016||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–1||Jessica Aguilar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 190||August 1, 2015||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||UFC Women's Strawweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||12–1||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic||December 13, 2014||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||12–0||Tina Lähdemäki||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller||July 16, 2014||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–0||Ayaka Hamasaki||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||July 13, 2013||3||3:58||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Invicta FC Strawweight title eliminator.|
|Win||10–0||Hérica Tibúrcio||Decision (unanimous)||Max Sport 13.2||May 11, 2013||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Catchweight (117 lb) bout.|
|Win||9–0||Adriana Vieira||TKO (punches)||Shooto Brazil 34||September 21, 2012||1||1:35||Brasília, Brazil||Flyweight bout.|
|Win||8–0||Valérie Létourneau||Decision (split)||Wreck MMA: Road to Glory||April 20, 2012||3||5:00||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada||Catchweight (130 lb) bout.|
|Win||7–0||Kalindra Faria||Submission (armbar)||Hard Fight Championship||September 25, 2010||1||1:10||Piracicaba, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Alessandra Silva||Submission (armbar)||Expo Fighting Championship: Day Two||August 22, 2010||1||N/A||Sorocaba, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Ariane Monteiro||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Itu Fight Championship||June 4, 2010||1||2:08||Itu, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Davina Maciel||Submission (armbar)||Vision Fight 1||December 20, 2009||1||1:26||Boa Vista, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Aline Nery||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 14||November 28, 2009||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Juliana de Sousa||Submission (armbar)||Watch Out Combat Show 4||June 25, 2009||1||1:29||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Elaine Leite||Submission (armbar)||Force Fighting Championship 1||June 5, 2008||1||0:17||Aparecida, Brazil|
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