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Alexa Grasso open to Valentina Shevchenko trilogy, but doesn’t want to ‘stop’ division | Noche UFC

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Alexa Grasso has options.

Grasso retained her women’s Flyweight title at Noche UFC last night (Sat., Sept. 16, 2023), battling Valentina Shevchenko to a whacky split draw inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights). The disappointing draw happened because MMA judge Mike Bell scored the final round 10-8 in favor of the Mexcian fighter.

With the score between Grasso and Shevchenko now being 0-1-1, a trilogy future trilogy would appear to make sense. There are valid arguments against it, too.

Nevertheless, during Noche UFC’s post-fight press conference (watch it here), Grasso revealed she is open to the third fight; however, she doesn't want to hold up the division.

"It's an interesting question,” Grasso told the media. “I wouldn't like to stop the division. You know, there's a lot of girls fighting a lot, you know, to have this opportunity like I did. So I don't like to stop it ... it all depends on the UFC. If they want a trilogy, let's do this. If not, I would like to give an opportunity to another girl. I know how it is to be fighting all the time and to wait for your spot, and I wouldn't like to stop just the division."

Shevchenko revealed she broke her thumb during the fight, which could cause her to be out of action for awhile. The two other women in the Flyweight division who are the clear next title challengers are No. 2-ranked Erin Blanchfield and No. 3-seeded Manon Fiorot.

Blanchfield is coming off a win over former title challenger, Taila Santos, while Fiorot is riding high after a victory over former two-time Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas.

Grasso doesn't mind who gets the next shot.

"Well, I'm really happy they're both doing amazing,” Grasso told “I have to talk with my coaches, my manager, and also with the UFC, but definitely, I would like to fight with a new contender if that's the next step. And yeah, it's gonna be an amazing fight."


Who should Alexa Grasso fight next?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Trilogy with Valentia Shevchenko
    (369 votes)
  • 39%
    Erin Blanchfield
    (307 votes)
  • 12%
    Manon Fiorot
    (101 votes)
777 votes total Vote Now

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