Joanne Wood thinks Tila Santos’ lack of competition will be her downfall
UFC flyweight Joanne Wood believes Tila Santos’ lack of competition would be her downfall at UFC Vegas 43.
UFC flyweight Joan Wood doesn’t buy into the hype surrounding her UFC Vegas opponent, Tila Santos, ahead of her number one contender’s bout.
Wood, a staple in the UFC flyweight title image since joining the promotion in 2014, is looking forward to winning the championship title by defeating Santos. She came off losing a controversial split decision to Lauren Murphy at UFC 263, a fight many believed robbed the decision.
Wood was originally supposed to face high flyweight contender Alexa Grasso at UFC Vegas 43, but Grasso withdrew after only a month of fighting. Santos will now step in and quickly fight Wood in the toughest test of her career with ease.
During her pre-fight press conference at UFC Vegas 43, Wood explained why Santos could struggle against her based on her low level of competition.
“I respect her. She looks great and her record is great, but I looked at it in more detail and she didn’t fight any contenders,” Wood said. “All the women who fought in Brazil did not have great records. She did not fight against the competition that she faced.
“I just fought Roxanne [Modafferi] He was trying to wrestle the whole time. But, I’m going to make it fun and try to make it an interesting fight.”
Joanne Wood could claim the next flyweight title with a win
Despite being ranked top in the UFC flyweight division for most of her career, Wood has yet to earn the flyweight title. She has lost two of her last three matches, and her unanimous victory over Jessica Eye was her only victory during this period.
Wood will face a tough test at Santos, who has won three straight fights over Roxanne Modaveri, Gillian Robertson and Molly McCann. Signed with the UFC after a successful run Dana White Competition Series: Brazil in 2018.
Wood had the misfortune to be in the draw in her last fights, but she will be looking to get back on track against Santos at UFC Vegas 43. Her pushing style could test Santos in ways untested in her young career thus far.