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Jessica Aguilar Signs with the UFC; Takes on Claudia Gadelha in Debut

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Weeks after her release from the WSOF, Jessica Aguilar has signed to the UFC.

The current #2 strawweight on the planet will face the #3 fighter Claudia Gadelha in what could be a title eliminator at UFC 160 August 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Combate was the first to report the news and was later verified by MMAFighting.com.

Aguilar (19-4) has won 10 straight and defended her WSOF title twice. Having a notable win over the legend Megumi Fujii, she has only lost twice in her career.

Gadelha (12-1) is coming a close loss to current UFC champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She defeated current InvictaFC champion Herica Tiburcio and former JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki during her career.

The fight will most likely air on the preliminary card on Fox Sports 1. UFC 190 will be headlined by champion Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight title against Bethe Correia.

April 2015 Rankings – Jedrzejczyk Reigns Supreme

joanna-flagApril comes with two divisions with some top 5 changes.

Newly crowned Joanna Jedrzejczyk has shaken up the top 10 in the strawweights as she takes #1, a spot held by Jessica Aguilar for over two years. Aguilar drops to #2.

The former champion Esparza drops from #2 to #4, with Claudia Gadelha gaining at spot at #3. The rest of the division stays pat as a slew of strawweight matches happen in April.

With her win over Julie Werner at XFC1, flyweight Julia Berezikova enters the top 10 at #4, pushing the rest of the top 10 down a spot.

Featherweight, bantamweight, and atomweight saw no changes.

With Invicta 12 ahead and a bunch of UFC matches, expect some interesting changes come May.

You can see the complete April 2015 Unified WMMA Pro Rankings here.

January 2015 Rankings – New Champions Crowned


With the new year comes new champions and new shake-ups in the rankings.

With the Ultimate Fighter 20 over and Invicta having it’s last card for the year, several fighters climbed their way into the top 10.

Herica Tiburcio debuts in the atomweight top 10 taking the #1 spot after her win over Michelle Waterson. With the loss, Waterson drops to #3 and Ayaka Hamasaki takes the #2 spot. With her strawweight debut in the UFC, Seo hee Ham drops out of the rankings.

Becoming the first ever UFC champion, Carla Esparza takes the #2 spot this month, behind the #1 ranked World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar. Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes the #3 spot with her win over Claudia Gadelha, in turn Gadelha drops two spots to #4.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (#7), Tecia Torres (#8), and Kalindra Faria (#9) all drop a spot.

In the flyweight division, DeAnna Bennett moves up a spot to #3, changing spots with the fighter she defeated, Jennifer Maia (#4). With her inactivity in the division, Zoila Frausto drops off the list and #7-10 from  December’s list move up a spot. Roxanne Modafferi debuts in the flyweight top ten.

Only change at bantamweight sees Tonya Evinger re-enter the top 10 at #10.

Featherweight also saw one change as Megan Anderson enters at #10.

You can see the entire Unified Women’s Pro WMMA rankings here. 

Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jędrzejczyk Planned for December


The winner of the inaugural UFC strawweight title won’t have to wait long to find out who her first challenger is.

MMA News Poland is reporting a title eliminator match between Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jędrzejczyk will go down at UFC on Fox 13 in Phoenix, AZ December 13, one day after the TUF 20 finale.

Gadelha (12-0) won her UFC debut back in July with an unanimous decision win over Tina Lahdemak. The InvictaFC vet also handed Ayaka Hamasaki her first professional loss. Gadelha was supposed to face TUF 20 competitor and former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza this past December, but was hospitalized the night before the fight.

Jędrzejczyk (7-0) also won her UFC debut, this time over Juliana Lima in July. The Cage Warriors vet had a notable win over former UFC fighter Rosi Sexton by knockout.

The fight will be a part of the preliminary card and will air on Fox Sports 1.

Gadelha and Lahdemaki to Kick off UFC Strawweight Division in July


As expected, #3 Unified ranked starwweight Claudia Gadelha won’t have to wait until after TUF 20 to make her octagon debut.

The InvictaFC vet will make history as one of the first female strawweights to step into a UFC cage as she will face Finnish fighter Tina Lahdemaki at UFC Fight Night July 16th in Atlantic City, NJ.

Gadelha (11-0) defeated Japanese superstar Ayaka Hamsaki a year ago at Invicta, handing the former JEWELS champion her first loss. She also has wins over InvictaFC signee Herica Tiburcio and UFC bantamweight Valerie Letourneau. Gadelha was supposed to face former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza for the title last December, but a bacterial infection sidelined her the day of the fight. She also was to take part on the Ultimate Fighter 20, but since she could not consistently make weight for the six week taping of the show, she was signed to the main roister immediately.

Lahdemaki (5-0) will be dropping to 115 from 125 for the fight. In her last fight this past fall, she choked out Karla Benitez to the win. This will be her first fight outside of her native Finland.

The match joins Jessamyn Duke versus Leslie Smith on the card.

The event will air July 16 on Fox Sports 1.