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Aisling Daly vs. Claudia Gadelha set for UFC Poland

The UFC's debut event in Poland continues to strengthen with the addition of a bout between strawweight stars Claudia Gadelha vs. Aisling Daly.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC's inaugural event in Poland has just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of a fight between two of the best strawweight fighters on the planet.

Aisling Daly (15-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC), a product of Ireland's famed SBG gym, is set to take on number 2 ranked Claudia Gadelha (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), of Brazil, at UFC Fight Night 64 in April in Krakow.

Daly was a member of Team Pettis on Season 20 of "The Ultimate Fighter". The Irish woman was highly favored when she entered the show and initially lived up to expectations by winning her first fight in the house by stopping Angela Magana via TKO, but from that point on things turned sour as she dropped a decision to Jessica Penne in the quarterfinals.

In an interview with SevereMMA.com Daly talked of her excitement at fighting in Europe.

‘Really, I was just in the humor of getting a fight and I wasn't pushed on flying back to America. A fight in Europe suits me a lot better. It does make a difference for the weight. Even with the time difference, it's another thing that you have to get used to over there. You're not sleeping right and you're feeling tired when you get closer to the fight, especially in Vegas. This is only a short flight, it's about two and half hours, it's great.'

Daly went on to elaborate why a fight with Gadelha particularly excites her:

‘I'm super excited about this matchup because I think she really is a top class opponent. Sometimes I find it hard to motivate myself when I'm put up against lower level competition. If they had given me someone like Bec (Rawlings) it would've been hard to get excited. Claudia is a high level opponent. There are four or five of us in that division that are looking at title contention and she's definitely in the mix. She's tough, she goes for the finish, but I've watched a few of her fights and I know that she gases and I definitely don't.The pressure is going to be on her from the very first bell and if she can't put up with my pace she'll be in trouble.'

Gadelha, who trains with Nova Uniao, will be looking to bounce back from a split-decision loss to top contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk in December, which was the first loss of her stellar career. Gadelha was within touching distance of a title shot in her bout with Jedrzejczyk and will be looking to earn a crack at the belt with an impressive performance against Daly.