Alexa Grasso

Mexico

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.
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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.
Looks to bounce back in Vegas
FlyweightUFC
January 6, 2020
Grasso will take on Claudia Gadelha in a strawweight matchup at UFC 246 on Jan. 18.
ANALYSIS
Grasso dropped a tight decision against Carla Esparza her last time out, which evened her record at 3-3 with the company. She'll enter with height and reach advantages against the more experienced Gadelha, but Gadelha is presumably the betting favorite (-115) due to her higher caliber of competition and experience in title fights. Grasso has advantages in striking volume and striking defense over a smaller sample size, but has shown little offensive wrestling to speak of during her run with the UFC. This is a dangerous tool Gadelha has in her arsenal should it end up being necessary.
Drops decision in home country
FlyweightUFC
September 21, 2019
Grasso lost to Carla Esparza via majority decision (28-28, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
Grasso didn't deserve to win, but she probably deserved a draw. The decision was a tad surprising given the card took place in Grasso's native Mexico. Yet when all was said and done, her monstrous third round simply wasn't enough to overcome her struggles in Rounds 1 and 2. Grasso looked good, but she had real trouble dealing with the upper-body strength of Esparza. She allowed four takedowns, although she did threaten Esparza with a very, very deep armbar in the early stages of the final round. Tonight's fight is further proof there is very little separation in terms of the top contenders in the 115-pound women's division. Both women will walk away $50,000 richer after receiving Fight of the Night honors.
Taking on Esparza at UFC Mexico City
FlyweightUFC
July 8, 2019
Grasso (11-2-0) is scheduled to face Carla Esparza (14-6-0) in a strawweight bout Sept. 21 at UFC Mexico City, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Grasso will return to the Octagon just over three months after defeating Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision at UFC 238 in Chicago. She'll carry a five-fight winning streak into her matchup with Esparza, a former titleholder in the strawweight division.