Aisling Daly vs. Claudia Gadelha to Square Off at UFC Krakow

February 12, 2015

A women’s strawweight bout between Aisling Daly and Claudia Gadelha has been added to the UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 fight card. UFC officials announced the bout on Thursday.

UFC Fight Night 64 is slated for April 11, and marks the promotion’s first event in Poland. Headlined by a rematch between the returning Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga, the event takes place at Krakow Arena in Krakow.

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Having missed weight in her last fight, Daly (15-5) faces an uphill battle to a title shot, but if she makes weight, a win over Gadelha would go a long way towards securing a title fight.

Currently ranked No. 9 in the UFC strawweight rankings, Daly has won her last two bouts, including a first-round submission over Alex Chambers in her UFC debut. But with Gadelha currently sitting in the No. 2 position, Daly knows it’s not an easy fight.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a huge step up in competition, but it is good for me to come up against somebody like her,” said Daly. “In my mind, there are three of four of us in the division that are up there and she’s one of them.

“A win over Claudia – I’m hoping it would put into title contention. They are short of title contenders after March, so me vs. Claudia puts the next title contender forward.”

Gadelha vs LahdemakiGadelha (12-1), having skipped out on The Ultimate Fighter season that saw Carla Esparza crowned as the inaugural UFC strawweight champion, had been expected to be the first challenger to the belt.

Those plans were derailed when Joanna Jedrzejczyk upset her by split decision at UFC on FOX 13 in December. It was the first loss of Gadelha’s career, and it didn’t sit well with her.

A win over Daly would put her back in the thick of things, as Esparza and Jedrzejczyk square off for the belt at UFC 185 in March.

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