Joanne Wood to Return to UFC Action in March

Published 01/12/2022, 1:52 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Joanne Calderwood of Scotland punches Jessica Eye in a flyweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC is stacking up some of the most amazing bouts for the fans this year. The promotion has already set up some amazing events for the year. However, UFC has added one more exciting female fight to its event in March.

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The Scottish female fighter, Joanne Wood, will return to action and take on the Mexican Alexa Grasso inside the UFC cage. This intriguing flyweight bout will feature on UFC Fight Night on 26th March 2022.

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The event will take place inside the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and is headlined by a light heavyweight fight between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic.

Earlier, both the female combatants were set to take on each other on November 2o21. However, Grasso pulled out of the fight because of an injury.

She competed only once last and is currently on a two-fight undefeated streak. Meanwhile, ‘JoJo’ is fresh from a loss against Taila Santos and will look for ways to bounce back in the win column with a victory in this bout.

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Here’s a look at both the fighter’s career, run in the promotion, and a brief preview of the fight.

Joanne Wood vs Alexa Grasso: Flyweight War

‘JoJo’ had quite a decent career in the promotion. She has been with the UFC since 2014. The former Invicta fighter was undefeated before her debut in the promotion and has a professional record of 15-7, with five knockouts and one submission win.

On the other hand, akin to her opponent, Grasso also competed in Invicta and was an undefeated fighter before her UFC debut. She holds a professional career record of 13-3, with four knockout wins under her name.

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‘JoJo’ is currently number seven in the women’s flyweight division. Meanwhile, Grasso stands at number eleven. Hence, it is an important fight for both female combatants. A win in this fight will take them one step ahead in the UFC title race.

Talking about the fight, Grasso has a one-inch reach advantage, while ‘JoJo’ will come in with a one-inch height advantage. Both the fighters have a decent strike.

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However, both have never won a fight via a knockout in UFC. Hence, one can expect that this fight might also go to the distance and both the fighters will rely on their submission game for a win.

What are your thoughts about this women’s flyweight bout? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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