UFC 246 goes down this Saturday evening and with all the hype surrounding the main event between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone, there is one main card fight flying well under the radar. A women’s strawweight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Alexa Grasso has not been talked about enough.
The number six and number eleven ranked fighters in the women’s strawweight division will fight second on the pay-per-view portion of the fight card. If you are looking at the best UFC betting sites, then you will see that this fight is as close as it comes to oddsmakers.
Gadelha vs. Grasso is as close a fight as it gets
Most USA Sportsbooks have Gadelha sitting at -105 and Grasso -115. It is very uncommon for two fighters to be sitting as betting favorites.
After vying and losing to Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the title in 2016, the Brazilian has gone 4-2. Gadelha (17-4) has bounced between wins and losses over the course of her last four bouts. Most recently she defeated Randa Markos via decision at UFC 239 this past July.
Gadelha has been a pro for some time, but this seems like a career resurgence coming into the fight against Grasso.
Grasso (11-3) came into the UFC in 2016 as an undefeated prospect and has since gone 3-3 in her six Octagon appearances. In her most recent outing, she earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors in a majority decision loss to former strawweight champion Carla Esparza.
In each and every one of her UFC outings, Grasso has shown improvement. Coming into the UFC, as an undefeated fighter, she did not know what it was like to taste defeat. When she did, she grew with each and every fight moving forward.
A victory for either female will propel them up the strawweight rankings and push them closer to title contention. Gadelha vs. Grasso is a fight for the fans and a fight that must be watched.
UFC 236 goes down on January 18 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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