New date and rival for the Mexican Alexa Grasso

The Mexican Alexa Grasso will break a drought of more than a year without fighting on March 26, when she faces the Scottish Joanne Wood in Columbus, Ohio, as confirmed by the promotion this Thursday.

The main event of the card is the former 205-pound champion, the Polish Jan Blachowicz against the Serbian Aleksandar Rakic, in addition to the confrontation between the veteran Matt Brown, originally from the host city, and Brian Barberena at 170 pounds, as well as the flyweight qualifier fight between Kai Kara-France and Askar Askarov, among other bouts that were revealed.

Grasso (13-3) and Wood (15-7) were scheduled to share the octagon on Nov. 20 in Las Vegas, preventing him from fighting the 125-pound veteran. Instead, Brazilian Talita Bernardo defeated JoJo by submission.

The woman from Jalisco then received an offer to fight at UFC 270 on January 22, but it was her opponent, the Brazilian Vivianne Araujo, who was absent.

The fighter of the Lobo Gym team has integrated the Top 10 of the strawweight and flyweight, a category to which she decided to climb at the beginning of 2020 and where she has faced the Korean Ji Yeon Kim and Maycee Barber in her most recent commitment.

Wood came close to facing division champion Valentina Schevchenko at UFC 251, but instead faced Jennifer Maia, who ended up being the challenger. He is currently riding a three-fight losing streak in his last four bouts.

Ohio’s Fight Night will be the first event without championship fights outside of Las Vegas’ UFC Apex or Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island since March 2020, when the promotion held a closed-door event in Brasilia amid global lockdowns. the Covid-19 pandemic.