Claudia Gadelha is a short time removed from leaving her longtime gym in Brazil’s Nova Uniao and embarking on a future with Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Having spent the majority of her career in Brazil, Gadelha recently made the move to the United States in hopes of improving her abilities inside the cage.
“I was looking for evolution, and evolution is here. Brazil is behind in some things, especially in sport. I want to get better, so I had to come here,” she told MMA Fighting.
Gadelha last fought at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in July, dropping a five-round unanimous decision against rival Joanna Jedrzejczyk. After getting off to a dominant start in the contest, the Brazilian’s cardio began to falter in the third and championship rounds.
She says she had a 17-week training camp for that contest — a far cry from the average 6- to 8-week training camp often seen in mixed martial arts.
“It was time to take a more relaxed camp, get more rest, to focus on the technical aspect,” she said. “We train a lot in Brazil, we seek evolution, but in a wrong way because we end up overtraining. It’s not even because of lack of information. The Brazilian people suffer so much he wants it so bad, so he trains too much. But sometimes that’s not the right thing. That’s the difference here. They know how to schedule the training, rest more. I can feel the difference in this area.”
Gadelha faces Cortney Casey at UFC Fight Night 100 Nov. 19 from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.