Alexa Grasso

Mexico

Takes decision from Maycee Barber
FlyweightUFC
February 13, 2021
Grasso defeated Maycee Barber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's a second straight win for Grasso since moving up to flyweight from strawweight. It's abundantly clear that 125 pounds is her best weight class. Grasso spent the first ten minutes of this fight picking her spots and countering Barber to death. She let Barber lead the dance and made her pay for her mistakes. It wasn't as pretty in Round 3, but Alexa already had an insurmountable lead on the scorecards. Grasso's boxing is on point, and she's deceptively strong given her size. She did just fine in the clinch situations along the fence here, of which there were many. A member of the UFC roster for more than five years now, Grasso won't turn 28 years of age until August. The main knock on Alexa has been long-term upside, particularly in terms of striking power, but she looks refreshed and improved in the higher weight class. Grasso has won two in a row for the first time in her UFC career.
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Set to face Barber on Feb. 13
FlyweightUFC
November 10, 2020
Grasso will face Maycee Barber in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event on Feb. 13, C. Contreras Legaspi of Milenio.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Grasso will be entering the match having previously defeated Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas back in late-August. Barber, on the other hand, will be coming off a successful surgery back in February to repair a torn ACL in her left knee. In this showdown of top 125-pound prospects, Grasso is listed as a betting favorite of (-155) as of early-January.
Easy win in flyweight debut
FlyweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Grasso defeated Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an east victory for Grasso in her flyweight debut. Armed with a massive speed advantage over Kim on the feet, Grasso went about her business, firing off plenty of leg kicks and peppering Kim to the body. The level of competition she was facing wasn't great, but Grasso fought to her strengths and limited Kim's openings. Grasso always appeared to struggle to get down to the 116-pound strawweight limit, and said she feels much better at flyweight. The 27-year-old has a realistically chance of flying up the rankings at 125 pounds given the lack of depth in the division. The issues for Grasso figure to come when someone forces her to compete on the mat.
Facing Ji Yeon Kim in Austin
FlyweightUFC
March 16, 2020
The UFC announced Friday that Grasso (11-3-0) will make her flyweight debut June 27, taking on Ji Yeon Kim (9-2-0) at UFC Austin.
ANALYSIS
Shortly after missing the 116-pound weight limit and being forced to withdraw from her scheduled fight against Claudio Gadelha at UFC 246, Grasso informed UFC president Dana White of her intention to move up to the flyweight division. Grasso, who last fought Sept. 21 at UFC Mexico City, will get a decent test in her first bout in the new weight class, as Kim has won three of her last four fights.
To switch to flyweight division
FlyweightUFC
January 17, 2020
Grasso has informed Dana White that she plans on fighting in the flyweight division going forward, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Grasso had her fight against Claudia Gadelha at UFC 246 cancelled after she missed weight for the strawweight division by 5.5 pounds. It is apparently the second time she has missed weight. Now that she has made the decision to switch divisions she will have to wait for a new opportunity to open up.
Misses weight, fight canceled
FlyweightUFC
January 17, 2020
Grasso missed weight by 5.5 pounds for UFC 246 and her fight against Claudia Gadelha has been canceled by the Nevada Athletic Commission as a result, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This is reportedly the second time Grasso has missed weight, which could affect her available fight options in the future given the risks of booking her. There's a chance she will opt to move up a weight class in the future to make it easier, but she'll now have to wait for her next opportunity to enter the octagon.