Claudia Gadelha (14-2) is an accomplished UFC fighter on track for a shot at the strawweight title in the near future, but that’s hardly her life’s ambition.
The 28-year-old Brazilian longs to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and one day join the country’s special forces, and in Brazil that requires a law degree. So, in addition to the countless hours she spends training for her MMA career, she’s also pursuing a degree.
Gadelha said she decided way back when she was 17 that she would go to law school and become like her uncle.
“I decided to go through law school so I could one day be part of the special forces,” she said. “Now when there are family parties we are both the big deal.”
But first, Gadelha has a big fight coming up. On June 3, she’ll square off with Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero.