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This Saturday, Joanne Wood fights Luana Carolina in the UFC 286 early prelims. How will this bout play out? Lightning Locks gives his best bet for the fight.
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UFC 286 Prediction, Pick: Tail This Expert's Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina Best Bet

In the approaching Saturday, the UFC sees the return of an absolute multitude of familiar faces embarking back to the O2. Going from Gunnar Nelson to Muhammed Mokaev, the world premiere leader in Mixed Martial Arts is pulling absolutely no punches when it comes to entertaining the masses, as evidenced by having the great Joanne Wood on the preliminary bout in order to add insult to injury. Once hailed as the great white hope coming out of Braveheart, Irvine, Scotland, the muay thai marauder in Wood has had a rough go of it as of late. 

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Wood vs. Carolina Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

When: March 18, 2023,

Time: 1:00 PM EST

Where: O2 Arena (ENG), London, England

Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina Prediction

Since losing her title opportunity to Jennifer Maia by armbar almost three years ago, Joanne is 1-3, with all of those three losses taking place in consecutive order. Granted, her strength of schedule has been at an all-time high, with the likes of Alexa Grasso, Talia Santos, and Lauren Murphy being nothing to scoff at.

It's a cause for concern; nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if this clear step down in competition coming in the form of unranked Launa Carolina will finally allow Wood to get back into the win column. Besides moonlighting as your neighborhood Uber driver, Luana Carolina sometimes dabbles throughout the world of MMA, where she has traded wins and losses more than Artem Lobov, and Michael Johnson combined. 

While no doubt possessing considerable reach and length, the fact of the matter is Launa gets beat to the punch almost all the time in an effort to initiate the muay thai clinch, something that Wood should exploit in droves if she is wise. I know after seeing a fighter go on a three-fight skid, it seems like Chornobyl ever to give them another opportunity with your money.

But the same scenario actually already took place this year, with a faltering Dan Ige fighting a streaking but inferior Damon Jackson, and look how that turned out. Give me Joanne Wood to straighten the ship of her fledgling career in her own backyard, disposing of this obvious setup Launa Carolina with expert finesse and relative ease.

Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina Pick

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