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    Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso, two more bouts official


    Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso has been rebooked for UFC Columbus.

    Wood will take on Grasso at UFC Fight Night on March 26, promotion officials announced Wednesday. The event takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and airs on ESPN.

    Wood (15-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and Grasso (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) originally were scheduled to fight last November at UFC Fight Night 198, but Grasso was forced out because of an injury.

    Wood has lost four of her past six fights. After defeating Jessica Eye at UFC 257, Wood dropped a unanimous decision to former title challenger Lauren Murphy at UFC 263. She drew Taila Santos after Grasso’s withdrawal and lost the bout by first-round submission.

    Grasso was booked to fight Viviane Araujo next week at UFC 270. But when Araujo pulled out due to injury, the fight was scrapped. The 28-year-old Mexican fighter strung together her first winning streak in the UFC when she scored two consecutive wins over Ji Yeon Kim and Maycee Barber, and now she’ll turn her attention to Wood.

    Also joining the UFC Columbus lineup is a middleweight matchup between Dana White’s Contender Series graduate Aliaskhab Khizriev (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and fellow debutant Abusupiyan Magomedov (24-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and a matchup between ranked flyweights Matheus Nicolau (17-2-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and David Dvorak (20-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

    With the additions, the UFC Columbus lineup includes:

    • Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic
    • Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson
    • Sara McMann vs. Karol Rosa
    • Tucker Lutz vs. Seungwoo Choi
    • Askar Askarov vs. Kai Kara-France
    • Danaa Batgerel vs. Montel Jackson
    • Bryan Barberena vs. Matt Brown
    • Nate Landwehr vs. Lerone Murphy
    • Alexa Grasso vs. Joanne Wood
    • Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov
    • David Dvorak vs. Matheus Nicolau

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