Alexa Grasso Retains Flyweight Championship Against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Noche

Alexa Grasso Retains Flyweight Championship Against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Noche

Byron Pillay
September 17, 2023 at 5:17 AM
  • Alexa Grasso retained her UFC Women's Flyweight title after the rematch against Valentina Shevchenko
  • Shevchenko was more assertive with the jab but was caught in a few submission holds from the Mexican champ
  • The three judges couldn't agree on who the winner was, and the fight was eventually scored a split draw


Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko.
Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko could not be separated on the judges' scorecards and the fight was declared a split draw. Image: Chris Unger.
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Round one was an even affair as both fighters traded shots in the opening minutes before it went to the ground later on. Shevchenko attempted to hook in a submission move, but the Mexican champion was wise to it and managed to evade it.

Round 2

The second round saw both fighters stay on their feet and trade shots, with the former champ landing a big shot before Grasso responded with a more prominent shot, which dropped the champion.

Grasso tried to pounce on the opening, but Shevchenko was back on her feet quickly and managed to fend off the assault. Grasso was building momentum in the standup before the former champion took it to the ground again.

Round 3

Shevchenko started the third round stronger, landing some leg kicks before using her jab to good effect.

While Grasso was looking out for the punches, Bullet went in for the takedown and quickly locked in a submission. Grasso kept her composure and eventually forced Shevchenko to relinquish it, but the Bullet then took her back.

The former champion was relentless as she attempted to hook in submission after submission.

With her hooks in deep, Shevchenko landed nasty shots to Grasso’s face. The Mexican fighter looked a bit troubled but made it to the end of the round.

Round 4

With the fight entering the championship rounds, the champion came out stronger and had Shevchenko in some trouble.

She landed some knee shots to Bullet’s head before taking her down to the ground and going for a submission.

Shevchenko got back to her feet and landed a nasty elbow, which cut the champion open. The round ended with Grasso attempting to hook in another submission, but she ran out of time.

Round 5

With the fight pretty even heading into the fifth and final round, it was all to play for.

The round started like many of the others did, with both fighters trading blows. Shevchenko landed jab after jab, which took a toll on the champion’s face.

Shevchenko used her experience and speed to stick and move as she landed nice shots before evading Grasso’s attempts to fire back.

With time running out, Grasso pounced on another error and hooked in a submission hold after taking the challenger’s back. Shevchenko found a way out of it, but Grasso kept her hooks in.

The Mexican landed some shots while Shevchenko attempted to fight out of it. Time ran out, and the judges were called to decide the winner.

One judge gave the fight to Grasson, while the other scored in favour of Shevchenko. The third, however, could not be swayed and scored it a draw. Grasso retained as a result of the fight being declared a split draw.

Grasso ends Shevchenko’s reign

Valentina Shevchenko’s long reign as UFC women’s flyweight champion ended on Saturday night after a stunning loss to Alexa Grasso.

A spinning back-kick in the fourth round proved a costly mistake for Shevchenko, allowing Grasso to win via submission.

The Mexican fighter pounced on Shevchenko’s error, immediately jumping on the champion’s back and securing a rear-naked choke to record the upset win, Sports Brief reported.

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