Alexa Grasso


Stuns world to become UFC champ
March 4, 2023
Grasso became the new UFC Women's Flyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Valentina Shevchenko via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:34 of Round 4 at UFC 285 in Las Vegas.
Unbelievable. Grasso entered with exactly one submission victory in her decade-plus in the sport, so of course she dug up her second in by far her biggest spot to date. The finish aside, Alexa performed pretty well. She was consistently effective on the feet, hitting the former champion and not getting overwhelmed in return. Grasso won Round 1 before Shevchenko pulled ahead in Rounds 2 and 3 with her grappling. Alexa was performing well in Round 4, at which point Valentina attempted an odd spinning kick. Grasso saw the opportunity to sneak behind her opponent, ripped her to the mat and clamped on the choke that ended the fight. The result -- or at least how it happened -- is about as unlikely as it gets in mixed martial arts. This fight aside, Alexa had traditionally struggled against high-level competition. She doesn't have the look of a champion that will be able to hold her belt through multiple title defenses, but she showed in this one she is capable of defying the odds. A rematch against Shevchenko will almost certainly be next up. In the meantime, she'll rightfully go home with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
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Facing Shevchenko at UFC 285
January 18, 2023
Grasso will challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 285 on March 4 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Grasso will look to take down Valentina Shevchenko during her eighth title defense in March. The 29-year-old Mexican fighter currently holds an impressive 7-3 record in the UFC, but she will face off with an opponent who hasn't lost since September 2017.
Victorious in first UFC main event
October 15, 2022
Grasso defeated Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was another solid, if unspectacular, performance from Grasso in a fight which never appeared to be in doubt. As is typically the case whenever Alexa fights, she was able to wear down her opponent with plenty of volume on the feet. Grasso is an excellent technical striker and deceptively strong for her size, but she doesn't have a knockout victory on her resume dating back to December 2014. Three of her four career KO victories came in her first three pro fights. Although Grasso looks considerably better at flyweight (4-0) than she did at strawweight, it's important to note her seven UFC victories have come against Araujo, Joanne Wood, Maycee Barber, Ji Yeon Kim, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Randa Markos, and Heather Jo Clark. She hasn't exactly faced a murderer's row of competition, and while Grasso is clearly one of the better fighters in what is clearly the thinnest division in the entire company, we need to see more before labeling Grasso any sort of legitimate title contender at 125 pounds.
Fight moved to October
August 5, 2022
The fight between Grasso (undisclosed) and Viviane Araujo has been rescheduled and will now take place at the UFC event on Oct. 15, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
The bout was originally scheduled to take place on Aug. 13, but an undisclosed injury ultimately forced Grasso to withdraw from the card. It's unclear what type of injury the flyweight is dealing with, but she should have enough time to recover by October considering the fight's already been rescheduled. Grasso boasts a 14-3-0 professional record and will be seeking a fourth consecutive victory with the UFC.
Out of fight next week
August 3, 2022
Grasso (undisclosed) is out of her fight against Viviane Araujo on Aug. 13 , Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
There was no reason given as to why Grasso had to pull out. At this point, the UFC does not have a replacement for Araujo. Grasso had been rolling winning her last three fights with the UFC.
Taking on Viviane Araujo in August
June 3, 2022
Grasso will fight Viviane Araujo on the UFC's Aug. 13 card, reports.
After a roller-coaster start to Grasso's career, she has seemed to have found her form recently, winning three straight contests, including her first via submission last time out versus Joanne Wood. Araujo has one of her last four bouts as well, so this could be a pretty good fight between two top-10 fighters in the flyweight division. Grasso stands an inch taller than her opponent but will yield an inch of reach.