Claudia Gadelha Announces Exit from UFC on ESPN 7 Card Due to Ankle Issues

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 22, 2019


Claudia Gadelha will not be competing at UFC on ESPN 7 this December.

The Brazilian strawweight announced her withdrawal from a matchup with Cynthia Calvillo via Instagram on Tuesday. It is currently unknown if Calvillo will remain on the card.

“After my last fight, I had to take a break because I broke a finger and I rolled my ankle,” Gadelha said in an Instagram video. “I have a torn ligament and a ruptured tendon, and I took some time off because I had to let it heal; I had to let my body heal and let my injuries heal. I went away, I told you guys I was going away, [and] I asked everybody not to bug me because I needed the time. I took the extra time and I went away and I did whatever I wanted to do. I came back and I started doing rehab. It’s been over two months now treating these injuries, and my finger is fine now, but my ankle is just not getting better.

“I did everything I could to be 100 percent by Dec. 7. The UFC knows, the [UFC Performance Institute] knows because I’ve been there this whole time treating my injuries. It’s just not happening.”

Gadelha has won two of her last three Octagon appearances and is coming off a unanimous decision triumph over Randa Markos at UFC 239 on July 6. Gadelha hopes that she will be able to return to action by early 2020.

“I’ll be ready to fight any time at the beginning of next year,” Gadelha said. “For now, the best thing for me is to pull out and take care of myself.”

UFC on ESPN 7 takes place at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7 and is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris.

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Vou fazer em português nos meus stories pra não ter que postar dois vídeos no feed. Beijos

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