Claudia Gadelha anklagas för fusk efter helgens vinst: “En smutsig fighter”
Claudia Gadelha vann helgens toppmöte på UFC 225 i damernas stråviktsdivision mot den tidigare mästarinnan Carla Esparza. Efter en tuff match som gick alla tre ronder stod det klart att Gadelha vunnit matchen via delat domslut.
Men Esparza kan inte riktigt smälta helgens förlust. Anledningen? Gadelha ska enligt Esparza ha fuskat genom att smörja in sig. Detta ska i sin tur ha omöjliggjort Esparzas försök till submissions och nedtagningar.
“This is not to say anything or give an excuse why I lost because I felt like I won, but Claudia was greasing during the fight. She’s a cheater. I’ve always kind of felt she was a dirty fighter and this was my first time being in the cage with somebody that’s greasing,” säger Esparza till MMAnytt efter matchen.
“I was pretty upset, especially after the decision went the way it did. Rewatching the first round, going for her legs and my hands are just slipping right off. Going for armbars and I remember in the fight thinking ‘what the hell, my arms are just slipping right off her arms’ trying to set up these armbars. It was getting a little bit frustrating. I contemplated talking to the referee after the second round but I really didn’t know how to go about it,” fortsätter hon.
En rasande Esparza vill nu inget hellre än att få en rematch mot Gadelha.
“I would love to rematch her. Regardless of what happened in the fight, I was happy I got to punch her in the face and give her as much damage as I did in the fight. I didn’t take too much damage. This was probably the least damage I’ve taken in a fight in a long time. I would love to rematch her and hopefully have my hand raised. That’s the way I felt it should have went. I’d fight her again next week if I could.”