Bethe Correia got the brawl she wanted against Ronda Rousey at UFC 190, only it didn't quite work out the way she had planned. A massive underdog coming into the fight, her loss was a foregone conclusion to many in the MMA community. Debate abounded, not about whether or not she had a chance, but about how long Rousey would choose to let her last. The narrative that Dana White used in attempt to sell this fight as competitive was the old "Anything can happen in MMA" line, but that becomes much less convincing when your over-matched challenger has such an issue with punching form that she's unable to generate much power due to insufficient weight transfer. While not the best card, UFC 190 provided some entertaining fights - Reginaldo Vieira and Dileno Lopes put on a show for the fans and Shogun came back from the brink of unconsciousness to pick up a perfect win on which to retire. The most interesting fight on the Pay Per View card in my eyes was the opener and it did not disappoint. A long layoff after a narrow loss to Joanna Jędrzejczyk proved to be exactly what Claudia Gadelha needed to improve her striking as she took on top 5 Strawweight Jessica Aguilar (and make no mistake about it, despite the UFC's ranking her at #15, Aguilar is a top 5 Strawweight). Gadelha's offensive and defensive boxing looked far better than we've seen from her previously. Joe Rogan couldn't help but comment on the disparity in head movement between the fighters and his observation was right on the money - Aguilar kept her head bolt upright until she felt a fist connect with it while Gadelha was slipping and taking her head off line well. Spoiler Gadelha displayed a vastly improved lead hand. She's always used her forearms well in defense, but now she's combining a forearm block or a slip to avoid a punch with a check hook to take advantage of the opening created by making her opponent miss. Spoiler She also showed off a great dipping jab, which allowed her to connect with the jab and simultaneously slip Aguilar's attempts to counter it. Spoiler Gadelha clearly learned a thing or two from her last fight - here she hits Aguilar with the same uppercut that dropped her against Joanna. Aguilar was keeping the lead shoulder high with her arm in tight looking to defend the overhand, but Gadelha goes up the middle with an uppercut. She sets it up with a jab and slams it in as Aguilar ducks in slightly with her own jab. Spoiler Here Aguilar shows the dangers of leading with an uppercut. In fact, this sequence works as a microcosm of Aguilar's striking as a whole - it lacks coherence and fluidity. In previous fights, especially against Kalindra Faria, she was looking to establish a dual threat with her level changes - get them worried about the body punch, then introduce the takedown and leave them not knowing what to expect whenever you change levels. It fails, however, because Aguilar's body punches look nothing like her takedowns. She'll sit down a bit on her lead leg to dig in the body punch, but on her takedowns she steps in deep with a penetration step, gets much lower, and explodes up. You can see this lack of fluidity in her uppercut. Gadelha used the natural motion of her dip on the jab to conceal hers, but Aguilar just drops her hand to her hip straight out of her stance and eats a huge overhand for it. Gadelha was unable to capitalize immediately, however, as in her excitement she ran after Aguilar instead of cutting off the cage and trapping her. Spoiler The clinch is where Gadelha did her best work against Joanna Jędrzejczyk, and she's adapted her boxing to help get the fight there. As Aguilar moved in to punch, Gadelha would often counter with clubbing hooks aimed around Aguilar's head so the point of impact was on the wrist or forearm. The force from the hook pushes Aguilar off-balance and Gadelha's hand lands right on the back of her head, ready to grip it and pull her further off balance into a knee. Gadelha felt confident in the standup and only went to the clinch this way to land a knee and continue her combination on the break, but she could easily catch an underhook with her other arm if she wants to secure the clinch. Spoiler Gadelha's takedowns highlight some of the flaws present in the wrestling of Joanna Jędrzejczyk's recent challengers. First, she's comfortable striking in the pockett, this lessens the distance her shot needs to cover in comparison to Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne, who look to shoot from the outside. She slips the Aguilar jab and takes a deep penetration step with her left leg while her right prepares to drive through. She steps through with her right leg and continues her momentum, pushing off her leg and driving Aguilar back and up in the air. Contrast this with Esparza, who shoots to the ground and kills her own momentum, before having to post a leg and attempt to regain it.