With the strawweight division wide open at the moment, the winner of Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff at UFC 231 has a huge opportunity ahead.
An intriguing strawweight match-up is headed to UFC 231 in Toronto. Announced by the UFC after an initial report by TSN, former title challenger Claudia Gadelha is set to meet Nina Ansaroff at the December event. The fight marks a significant step up in competition for Ansaroff, who found success in Canada at UFC Calgary recently.
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Gadelha (16-3) has been fighting the best of the best for the past several years in the UFC. The Brazilian strawweight has two losses to former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, with the other blemish on her record coming against Jessica Andrade last year in Japan. Other than that, Gadelha has been perfect despite facing top flight competition. Most recently, she defeated former 115lb champion Carla Esparza at UFC 225.
Nina Ansaroff (9-5) improved her winning streak to three with a unanimous decision win against Randa Markos at UFC Calgary (UFC on FOX 30) earlier this Summer. That July victory followed wins over Angela Hill and Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, and appears to have cashed Ansaroff’s ticket to a tougher test in the 115lb division.
UFC 231 takes place December 31 at the Scotiabank Arena (formerly the Air Canada Centre) in Toronto, Canada. Max Holloway is expected to defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega in the main event.