Claudia Gadelha and Alexa Grasso had a very important commitment on Saturday. Surely this fight would have given the winner an important leap in the UFC rankings. Mainly it would have benefited Alexa Grasso, who lost his last fight against Carla Esparza.
But the Mexican failed on the scale. She must have weighed 115 pounds (with an extra pound of tolerance for not being a starting match). But he scored 121.5 pounds.
Claudia Gadelha did arrive within the norm: 115.5. Even the Brazilian would have agreed to fight with the weight disadvantage. A fine of 30% of Grasso’s salary would go to Claudia’s payment and thus the matter would be saved. But Nevada refused.
By regulation, it does not allow rivals to face a weight difference greater than 3 pounds.
According to Carlos Contreras Legaspi, from the Undisputed page, Alexa was no longer able to continue cutting weight the night before, as she stopped sweating. In addition, she was also in her period. Forcing the weight loss would have damaged Alexa more, so they stopped trying. The journalist who also collaborates with Grupo Milenio mentioned that she obtained those statements directly from the Alexa team.
On the other hand, Claudia Gadelha mentioned how discouraged she was for having been able to carry out the combat, but that she hopes to return soon.
“I worked so hard for this and I was so excited to put in a show for you all tomorrow but unfortunately, my fight isn’t gonna happen because my opponent missed weight by 5.5 pounds. I still wanted the fight because I am a bad bitch but Nevada Commission athlete didn’t aloud the fight to happen. A big thanks for my coaches, teammates, family and whole team for the amazing camp !! We will run it back !!”
Faced with such a situation, it will be necessary to see what Alexa has to say about her case, because of the health issue. It will also be necessary to see if Gadelha and Grasso will meet soon or if the fight will be left for another occasion.