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UFC considered Joanna vs. Letourneau for 193 co-main

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With another title contender injured, it sounds like the UFC isn't looking to sit on their strawweight title holder and wait for Claudia Gadelha to heal. Instead it seems that Valerie Letourneau could get a shot at the belt.

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Just recently we reported a story from Combate about Claudia Gadelha's finger, namely that it was busted. Gadelha tore a ligament in her middle finger, which means she won't be 100% for three months. And while that would seem to line her up for her UFC 195 title fight on January 2nd, from the sound of things, that means that she won't be getting the next shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk's belt.

In a recent article for Yahoo Sports, talking about Robbie Lawler's injury and Ronda Rousey's card re-shuffle, Kevin Iole let slip that the UFC was looking to book Valerie Letourneau against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Apparently, they had even tried to re-book the fight for UFC 193 to keep it's co-main slot under Rousey, but Letourneau wasn't ready in time.

It's unclear now if the Jedrzejczyk vs. Letourneau fight is still in the works for UFC 195, as Dana White told Iole, "I just have to rethink all of this. There are a lot of ways we can go, but we'll make this a kick-ass event and we'll get back at it and figure out [UFC 195] and do the same thing with that." But, for now it sounds like Claudia Gadelha isn't going to be the next woman fighting for the 115 lb title.

Bloody Elbow has reached out to the UFC for clarification on the announcement, but has yet to hear back at the time of publishing, so stay tuned for updates as they become available.