UFC women’s flyweight champion Alexa Grasso will defend her 125-pound strap against former division titleholder Valentina Shevchenko in the Noche UFC five-round headliner on the ESPN+ digital network TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 16, 2023) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Grasso defeated Shevchenko to win the flyweight title at UFC 285 back in March.
“It’s kind of a moment to work double hard and remember what you did in the beginning,” Shevchenko said during a special Noche UFC athlete panel. “It’s kind of like yes, everyone is speaking about the loss, but I want to remind everyone I’m a 17-time Muay Thai world champion, seven (UFC) title defenses, and you can’t get rid of this. It’s going to stay in you forever. You can do adjustments and do better and whatever you want to do, but the power the confidence and experience it’s still here, and it’s going to explode on Saturday.”
“Well, round one was definitely mine,” Grasso countered. “The second round, even being a Muay Thai champion, I thought you wanted to strike with me, but you decided to go to the ground, so it’s fine. Fourth round, I made a lot of adjustments and I think it was 2-2. For me, it was 2-2.”
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