Dakota Gray looks to claim an overdue victory against debuting fighter Alijah Webb

If the third time’s the charm, odds are good Dakota Gray will walk away with the W at Fight For It XII. Of course, weighing a wager on the advice of an old adage is risky business, but the Lake Norman Muay Thai prospect — despite an 0-2 record — has shown his ability to remain calm under pressure, trade heavy blows, and keep a strong defense over the course of a full bout.

These fundamental skills, plus his in-ring experience, do bode well as Lake Norman Muay Thai’s Gray takes on his third bout. The three-inch height advantage he’ll have over Alijah Webb doesn’t hurt, either.

But never underestimate the underdog. Webb took on the challenge on late notice, following a cancellation. For a debut, it’s a bold move, so expect Webb to walk into the ring with confidence. Fighting out of Ring Combat Sports in Whytheville, Va., a proven gym for turning out strong competitors across martial arts disciplines, Webb has a strong pedigree in his corner.

Either way, you can be sure both young men will be hungry for victory. Expect a high-energy bout with both fighters putting it all on the line.

Fight For It XII takes place on Dec. 18 in Gaffney, S.C. Purchase your tickets now at fightforitcompany.com.

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