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Alexa Grasso stays with a draw in epic fight with controversial result against Valentina Shevchenko

In an epic competition that will be framed in the books of the History of the UFC like a classic, Alexa Grasso (16-3-1) kept his Flyweight Championship by a controversial split decision in the rematch against Valentina Shevchenko (23-4-1) this Saturday evening at T Mobile Arena during the UFC night.

Mexico’s Alexa Grasso defends her title in a great fight at UFC Night

The UFC returned to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate that UFC night on the occasion of Mexican Independence Day, the first evening of its kind for the company. The result was a full house of 18,786 spectators and an unforgettable, historic evening. Alexa kept up Tie decision (48-47, 47-48 and 47-47) and it’s still like that UFC flyweight champion.

It is not certain that there is a trilogy

“Thank you all for coming. Long live Mexico! All my punches were very hard, I deserved the victory,” said the silent champion at the end of the fight. Alexa Grasso.

On your part Valentina Shevchenko He mentioned that “the decision was a bit strange and I see the jubilation of many Mexicans,” alluding to the fact that this was the reason why the judges were influenced, which received boos from the public.

“I knew it would be a war and a hard fight. In a fair fight the victory would have been my own,” said the challenger, who does not openly admit that she was undoubtedly outclassed by the champion.

When asked about the possibility of a new rematch and the resulting trilogy, he replied: Grasso 30 years old, not committed to giving Shevchenko another title fight in a compelling trilogy, and he said during the post-fight interview that he needs to talk to his trainers before deciding what comes next.

Shevchenko 35, angered the Mexican audience by saying the judges were pressured to do the separate draw because it was an evening celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

In the main fight, Mexican champion Grasso was able to catch up and defend her title against the former champion Shevchenko, who lost his belt to Guadalajara last March and vowed to reclaim the championship. Since then, both fighters have not been satisfied with the judges’ results Alexa I felt like I had clearly won and Valentina In his opinion, the judges were influenced by the commemoration on the evening of Mexican Independence Day.

Gran Combate de Grasso against Shevchenko


They begin the fight for the UFC flyweight championship and study both fighters, with Alexa trying to suggest more by looking for long combinations.

The challenger is looking for a short attack opportunity for a quick attack, while the champion looks to hit hard and combine by looking for low blows and attempting the takedown. Valentina manages to knock Alexa down, stay on top of her and tries to fire the shot from behind, but the Mexican manages to escape from a very dangerous position with very good technique and strength. Very even first episode.


The champion continues to move forward with combinations of jabs and kicks mid-spin to take effect.

Alexa manages to land a direct blow to the face of Shevchenko, who went with her back to the canvas, which was not expected by the champion, who reacted and punished with a short punch to the face and body of the challenger, who managed to escape to remove, and then move forward, knocking the Mexican down and staying on top, but Grasso manages to tie her rival’s arms to separate herself from her, leaving the Jalisco native on top Back on the canvas, with pedal defense towards Valentina’s knee to avoid her frontal attack and move forward.


The Mexican goes into the third round and takes advantage of the moment of the fight to work the fight even harder and try to upset her rival.

They got into a clinch on the field with Valentina’s offensive, which managed to knock down the Mexican, but she, very clever and with great technical skills, managed to escape a possible guillotine submission four times and managed to get the face of her rival to punish.


The round began with boxing, with both fighters connecting punches, although Valentina’s face looks more punishing. Grasso is now the one to knock Valentina down, but in the end both of them pick each other up and are back in the middle of the octagon.

The challenger, with a bit of desperation, managed to take the fight to the canvas with footlocks, where Alexa suffered a cut but came out with good technique. An excellent fight and a great finish is expected.


Final episode that begins with intelligent remote work from the champion.

With blood on her face from the cut, Alexa fights from a distance and moves forward to try to take the jury’s cards. The fatigue is already noticeable for both of them, but it shows the good preparation and physical condition of both fighters.

Alexa takes Valentina to the canvas by knocking her down and forming a package with a previous triangle, looking for a guillotine towards the end and barely reaching it, but punishing Shevchenko’s body and especially her face to end the fight.


Mexican results

– World Flyweight Championship – Alexa Grasso retains with a draw (48-47, 47-48 and 47-47)

– Bantamweight: Raúl Rosas Jr. defeats Terrence Mitchell in a TKO attack

– Lightweight: Daniel Zellhuber submits Christos Giagos via submission

– Featherweight: Fernando Padilla falls to Kyle Nelson by decision

– Strawweight: Lupita Godinez submits Elise Reed in the second round

– Flyweight: Edgar Chairez and Daniel Lacerda finish with “No Decision”

– Flyweight: Tracy Cortez of Mexican descent defeated Jasmine Jasudavicius by unanimous decision

Complete results from UFC Night

Main poster

Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko ends in a draw (Alexa retains her title 48-47, 47-48 and 47-47) – (Women’s Flyweight)

Jack Della Maddalena defeated Kevin Holland by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) – (Welterweight)

Raul Rosas Jr. defeated Terrence Mitchell by KO/TKO – (Tailweight)

Daniel Zellhuber defeated Christos Giagos by submission – (Lightweight)

Kyle Nelson defeated Fernando Padilla via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) – (Featherweight)

Preliminary map

Lupita Godínez defeated Elise Reed by submission – (Women’s Strawweight)

Roman Kopylov defeated Josh Fremd by KO/TKO – (Middleweight)

Edgar Cháirez vs. Daniel Lacerda ends in a no contest – (Flyweight)

Tracy Cortez defeated Jasmine Jasudavicius by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – (Women’s Flyweight)

Charlie Campbell defeated Alex Reyes by KO/TKO – (Lightweight)

Josefine Lindgren Knutsson defeated Marnic Mann by unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-27) – (strawweight)

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