Cláudia “Claudinha” Gadelha, 31, of Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the Brazilian mixed martial artist’s seventh victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 11 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the co-main event of the evening, Gadelha fought Angela “Overkill” Hill, 34, of New York City, New York, USA in the women’s strawweight division.
Keith Peterson served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.
Two judges scored it 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the red corner. The third judge saw it 28-29 in favor of the fighter in the blue corner.
In the end, Peterson raised the hand of Gadelha. The Mossoro native was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Gadelha to 18 wins and 4 losses. She is now riding a two-bout winning streak.
On the other hand, Hill now has 12 wins and 8 losses. It was her eighth loss in the UFC.
The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.
Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA and Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.
Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Gadelha was one of the three fighters who represented Brazil while Hill was one of the 12 representatives of the U.S.
Born in Mossoro on December 7, 1988, Gadelha made her professional MMA debut in 20008 and her UFC debut in 2014. The first six opponents she defeated in the promotion were Casey, Tina Lähdemäki, Jessica Aguilar, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Carla Esparza and Randa Markos.