Claudia Gadelha Not Focused On UFC Right Now
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.04.2013
She's thinking about her Invicta opponent...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Claudia Gadelha (11-0) said she is not focusing on a potential run in the UFC right now, but instead her fight with Invicta FC strawweight champion Carla Esparza (9-2), who she fights at Invicta FC 7 this Saturday.
On if she would like to go to the UFC: "I already discussed the possibility with coach (Andre) Pederneiras. But I'm not worried about it. I have another task in front of me. I don't need any extra pressure that could make me lose focus. I'll think about it after I fight for the belt."
On the pressure of becoming champion: "I always train with Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, and all told, there are 13 Nova Uniao athletes in the UFC. In that environment, it's hard to set your goals low. You see the other athletes achieve success, and you want that for yourself. Since after my injury, I refocused myself, and I'm glad to have this opportunity to fight for the belt again, represent Brazil, and hopefully make my dream come true, especially since I fight on my 25th birthday."
On facing Esparza: "I expect that, as a wrestler, she has good submission defense. But my ground game is something different. I'm a three-time world jiu-jitsu champion, and seven times the champion in Brazil. If she tries to take me down, it will be dangerous for her. My ground game is better. Carla lost to Jessica Aguilar, whom I've beaten in both gi and no-gi submission grappling at NAGA in Dallas. I don't see much danger from her on the ground. I think the fight will be decided on the feet."