UFC 212 results: Claudia Gadelha scores submission win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz
The women's strawweight scored her first stoppage victory since joining the organization
Top-ranked women's strawweight Claudia Gadelha took care of business in lightning-quick fashion, taking out No. 2 contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz by submission at 2:48 of Round 1 on the UFC 212 pay-per-per-view Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It was the 15th win in 17 fights for Gadelha, whose only losses have come by decisions -- one unanimous and one split -- against 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in 2014 and 2016.
She also became the first fighter not named Jedrzejczyk to defeat Kowalkiewicz, who had lost a unanimous decision to the champion at UFC 205 last year.
Gadelha quickly took Saturday's match to the mat, took control of Kowalkiewicz's back and prompted the quick stoppage.
Kowalkiewicz was countered while attempting to apply pressure then dropped to the floor during a subsequent clinch and was quickly subject to a decisive rear-naked choke.
"This is the new Claudia. It's going to be hard to beat me," Gadelha said. "You can't expect different results if you keep doing the same thing over and over again. I went and challenged myself."
Though a title rematch may be in the cards for Gadelha, she's not worrying about that just yet as she's planning a move to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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