Here’s some early video and photos of very attractive Brazilian female professional MMA fighter Claudia Gadelha.
Thanks to clips of her on Youtube and a recent “workout” video, Gadelha is now being compared to Gina Carano. But while Gadelha is still mostly under the radar in North America, in her home country of Brazil she’s exploded in popularity.
That phenomenon though isn’t based on her participation in sanctioned MMA fights.
(She has just one.) Gadelha has made a name for herself fighting men as a sideshow attraction on the country’s wildly-popular Panic variety show.
Galdelha’s male opponents aren’t MMA fighters. Instead she squares off against what appear to be pseudo-celebrities. (Think Danny Bonaduce.)
From the videos I’ve seen of those matches, Galdelha completely dominates. Of course, we’re aren’t talk about quality opposition nor do some of the men seem overly aggressive.
With that in mind, it’s kind of a tough call to gauge if Gadelha is legit, so to get a better feel for what her future might hold, I emailed AOL Fanhouse’s top MMA writer Michael David Smith to get his opinion.
I think she has a shot at being a good fighter. From what I’ve heard
she’s taking her Brazilian jiu jitsu training seriously and wants to
be a legitimate athlete. Women’s MMA is still in its infancy, but
there are increasing numbers of female athletes taking the sport
She doesn’t really have much of a profile in the MMA community right
now. The key for he would be to sign on with one of the American
promoters, probably Strikeforce, which is the home of the biggest and
best women’s fights. They’d know how to market her the right way.
Strikeforce also promotes Gina Carano, and is at the forefront of promoting female MMAers.
Is there a chance Carano and Galeda could ever meet in the Octagon? From the eyeball test, it appears that unless Gadelha gained a significant (and unhealthy) amount of weight, probably not. But she’s still very young, so you never know. Goodness knows we’d all love to see it, but only if she turns out to be a proficient fighter against legit competition.
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