“Dread” doesn’t fear the disappointment of her latest loss, but she also knows it’s just a fighting game. A loss is just that: a loss on the record. Nothing more; nothing less.
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As with any loss, Carolina has learned from this and intends to show that growth against Wood. It is not the first time that she has had to come back from a difficult defeat. Her other setback in the Octagon came with a brutal knee-bar submission from Ariane Lipski, and, after 10 months out of action, Carolina responded with a pair of wins over Poliana Botelho and Loopy Godinez in 2021.
“What makes me want to come back is to fix my mistakes and show that everyone can change and grow,” Carolina said. “That’s what I’m going to show on Saturday.”
Wood, like McCann, is a crowd favorite wherever she competes, and fans in London love to support anyone from the UK. This environment is unlikely to shake Carolina, who seemed to be enjoying the energy of her last week of fighting.
She joked that she’s always on the other side in the eyes of the fans, even when she fought Priscila Cachoeira in Brazil at UFC 237. In other words, this is all normal for her.