Claudia Gadelha Undergoing Knee Surgery

After making a return and scoring a split decision win over Carla Esparza last week at UFC 225, Claudia Gadelha will be undergoing knee surgery.

As reported by MMA Fighting, Gadelha suffered a knee injury in the preparation for the fight, and she opted not to pull out.

“I badly injured my knee, everyone at the UFC [Performance] Institute knows that because I was treated by the institute’s physiotherapist,” Gadelha said. ‘[The physiotherapist] was the only reason I didn’t pull out of the fight. She said “I’ll take care of you.'”

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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.

Esparza has claimed that Gadelha cheated in their UFC 225 bout, saying Gadelha greased herself up before the fight. Gadelha denies Esparza’s accusations, claiming Esparza is just jealous. But Gadelha says she’s open to a rematch.

“If Carla wants a rematch, I don’t see any problem with that,” Gadelha said. “I’m sure I’ll dominate her even more because I dominated most of the fight with only one leg. I think Carla is mad at me because this fight was supposed to happen for years, so she brought her best version. Her best version and me with one leg, I still won, so let her talk whatever she wants.”

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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