Carla Esparza on her loss to Claudia Gadelha: ‘She greased before the fight’
At UFC 225 Carla Esparza came up just short, dropping a split decision to strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha. Esparza believes that Gadelha cheated.
“She cheated in the fight; she greased before the fight. I was considering saying something to the referee in between [rounds]. I was going to say, ‘She’s greasing! She’s greasing’, but I didn’t really know how to go about it.”
“It’s pretty shady to me. I re-watched the fight and my hands were slipping right off. Even when I was trying to grab armbars during the fight my arms kept slipping down. She’s a cheater, but it doesn’t really surprise me. In my opinion, she’s been a pretty dirty fighter throughout, so it is what it is.”
“I felt that I won anyway. I felt that things could’ve even been more dominant on my side had [she not greased],”, says Esparza. “Claudia, you’re a cheater, straight up. It’s not cool. It is what it is, but it’s done with.”