Esparza Says Gadelha Cheated At UFC 225
Carla Esparza claimed that Claudia Gadelha greased her path to a split decision victory at UFC 225.
The strawweight fighter insisted on Monday’s The MMA Hour that Gadelha greased before the fight and now regrets not informing a referee.
“She cheated in the fight; she greased before the fight,” Esparza told Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour. “I was considering saying something to the referee in between [rounds]. I was going to say, ‘She’s greasing! She’s greasing’, but I didn’t really know how to go about it.”
Esparza is more confident of her accusations after watching Saturday’s fight.
“It’s pretty shady to me. I re-watched the fight and my hands were slipping right off. Even when I was trying to grab armbars during the fight my arms kept slipping down. She’s a cheater, but it doesn’t really surprise me. In my opinion, she’s been a pretty dirty fighter throughout, so it is what it is.”
Esparza feels that she was the real winner of the fight, and that if she wasn’t “greased,” it would have been clear cut.
“I felt that I won anyway. I felt that things could’ve even been more dominant on my side had [she not greased]. Claudia, you’re a cheater, straight up. It’s not cool. It is what it is, but it’s done with.”
“Fighting a wrestler I can see why someone would do something like that,” she continued. “I’ve been working on a pretty solid armbar and I felt like I had it setup a couple of times in the fight higher on the arm, but every time my arm just slipped down.”
Esparza told departing host Ariel Helwani, that she nearly went to the referee during the fight, and had not told her corner until the fight was done.
“At the end of the second round, I was going to say something to the ref, but I didn’t and I kind of regret that, Esparza claimed on Monday. “I don’t know how I would’ve gone about that. I’ve never been in that situation before.
“I do [regret not telling the referee]. I don’t know if it would’ve made a difference. Maybe they could’ve toweled her off, but I really don’t know. I’ve heard of people doing this over the years. But I never actually experienced it before.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting