Cape Town - The on-going rivalry between UFC straw-weight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha seems to be getting more and more heated.
Ahead of their rematch at the upcoming TUF 23 finale on July 8, the two spent time together on set of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ where they were opposing coaches. As expected, things got heated to the point where, on the last day of filming, the two got into a physical altercation.
Appearing on an episode of The MMA Hour, Jedrzejczyk spoke about her time on set, her thoughts on Gadelha and the end of season fight between the two.
"It was nice, a very good experience. I’m happy I got to do it. Real people, real emotions and real situations . This what I like about it and I can’t wait to watch it.
"It was nice (being around Gadelha), you know. Of course on the last day I had enough. Claudia, she just talks too much. It was enough.
"She didn’t get into my head but it was like I was the adult and she was the kid. I had enough so I said a few words to her, I did some things and the rest I will do on July 8 in Vegas."
The two feisty ladies got into it after, according to Dana White, Jedrzejczyk threw a water bottle at Gadelha after words were exchanged between the two during the final staredown.
"We could hang out together but she (Gadelha) doesn’t like me. I’m the best. I’m the champion. This is what she dreams about but she will never be a champion.
"We pushed a little bit and she threw a kick but she can’t kick. Come on guys… I’m going to teach her how to kick," said Jedrzejczyk.
The hostility between the two dates back to December of 2014 when Jedrzejczyk beat Gadelha via split decision – a decision which Gadelha believes she won. Since then, the two have had some very interesting things to say about the other on social media and in interviews.
With filming now finished and both ladies in camp, things can and will be settled inside the eight-sided cage on July 8. With more than just UFC gold on the line, these two ladies are fighting for their countries and above all else, their reputations.