MMA Preview – Claudia Gadelha vs Alexa Grasso at UFC 246

THE FACTS

When is UFC 246? Sunday 19th January, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 246? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 246 on? BT Sport Box Office (£19.95)

Where can I stream UFC 246? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC 246? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Claudia Gadelha and Alexa Grasso lock horns at UFC 246 hoping to progress up the rankings in a division that has become excitingly stacked.

Gadelha was originally scheduled to fight Cynthia Calvillo at UFC on ESPN 7 but was forced out with a bad ankle injury. However, she has made a quick return and hopes to string two wins together after outclassing Randa Markos in response to losing a decision against Nina Ansaroff.

Grasso is looking to bounce back after a loss herself. She was out-grappled by former champion Carla Esparza which has stifled her rise. Her three losses have come to top-tier wrestlers, but she continues to evolve and looked like a future title contender with her stand-up performance against Karolina Kowalkiewicz which she will help to build upon in this one.

THE PREDICTION

If the fight remains on the feet, we should expect Grasso to enter as an even more finely tuned striker and use her excellent timing, speed and movement to pepper Gadelha at will.

However, Gadelha is one of the best grapplers in the division and even has a win over Esparza. If the Brazilian is healthy, she is expected to take the fight away from the Mexican by keeping the fight on the mat. Grasso is capable of surprising, but this is not a god match-up for her.

Winner: Gadelha via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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