Gadelha wins split decision over Hill at UFC on ESPN 8 co-main event

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Claudia Gadelha won in a split decision over Angela Hill in the co-main event of the UFC on ESPN 8 on Saturday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Gadelha won on two of the three judges score cards.

This was one of two split decisions on the main card. Dan Ige also defeated Edson Barboza in a split decision in the ninth bout on the card.

UFC Fighter Claudia Gadelha takes down Carla Esparza in the first round of their strawweight bout at UFC 225
Claudia Gadelha takes down Carla Esparza in the first round of their strawweight bout at UFC 225 (Getty Images)

The 31-year-old Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil native has now won two straight bouts. This is her ninth career win by decision.

Gadelha is now 18-4 in her MMA career. Besides the nine wins by decision, she also has two wins by knockout and seven wins by submission.

While she did defeat Randa Markos by a decision, it was not a split decision. Her last split decision win came over Carla Esparza on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.

Following the fight, Gadelha called out Esparza for another fight. Esparza, who had just fought last Saturday night, May 9th, wants to fight her again, as she wrote, “Let’s run it back!”

The 35-year-old San Diego, California native fell to 12-8 in her MMA career. This loss snapped her three-fight win streak.

In fact, this is her first loss in nearly one year. Before Saturday night, her last loss was to Xiaonan Yan at UFC 238 when she lost by unanimous decision on June 8, 2019.

However, this is Hill’s first split decision loss since 2018. She was defeated by Cortney Case at UFC Fight Night 135 by split decision on August 25, 2018.

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