UFC Fight Night 205: Alexa Grasso vs. Joanne Wood Picks and Predictions
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Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso
UFC: Saturday, March 26th at 7:00 PM ET
The Line: -- Joanne Wood +180 / Alexa Grasso -250 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Alexa Grasso and Joanne Wood face off on Saturday in a women’s flyweight showdown in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 205 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Alexa Grasso comes into this fight with a 13-3 record overall and she has won two fights in a row, both by unanimous decision. Her last loss came against Carla Esparza and she lost that fight by majority decision. Grasso’s last fight came against Maycee Barber, and even though she was outstruck and taken down three times, she was still able to win by unanimous decision. Grasso is averaging 4.96 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.61 significant strikes per minute. Grasso is averaging 0.28 takedowns every 15 minutes but she is successful on only 28 percent of her takedown attempts. She also stops 60 percent of her opponents takedown attempts.
On the other side of this matchup is Joanne Wood who sits with a 15-7 record overall but she has lost two fights in a row. In the last fight against Taila Santos, Wood put herself in a bad position and late in the first round she lost by rear naked choke. The last win came three fights ago against Jessica Eye and it was a dominant win. Wood had 148 significant strikes and cruised to the unanimous decision victory. Wood is averaging 6.71 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.55 significant strikes per minute. Wood at times likes to get the fight to the ground averaging 1.57 takedowns every 15 minutes and she is successful on 55 percent of her attempts. Wood is also stopping 63 percent of his opponents takedown attempts.
Wood has struggled coming into this fight and she isn’t going to magically turn it around in this game. Wood has put herself in too many bad positions the last few fights, and it’s something Grasso will take advantage of. I don’t think Grasso will finish the fight, but she will control it. Back Grasso by decision.
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