Tonight’s UFC 285 event was co-headlined by a women’s flyweight title fight featuring Valentina Shevchenko taking on Alexa Grasso. Needless to say, there was a world of hype surrounding the fight.
Shevchenko, boasting an impressive record of 23-3 in MMA, aimed to secure her eighth consecutive title defense and maintain her winning streak of eleven fights in total. Her most recent victory came from a split decision win over Taila Santos in June of 2022 during UFC 275.
Her opponent, Alexa Grasso, entered the fight with a four-fight winning streak, which included a decision victory over Viviane Araújo in October of 2022 and a first-round submission win over Joanne Wood.
The co-main event of UFC 285 kicks off with a low kick from Valentina Shevchenko, to which Alexa Grasso responds with a 1-2 combo followed by a low kick of her own. ‘The Bullet’ lands a spinning back fist and left to the body, missing a spinning wheel kick. Both fighters trade low kicks and combinations, with Grasso scoring a takedown which is quickly reversed by Shevchenko.
In round two, Shevchenko takes the fight to the ground, passing to half guard and then side control while Grasso lands short punches from her back. Shevchenko manages to set up a crucifix before Grasso scrambles back to her feet, landing a good punch on the champion.
In the third round, Grasso comes out aggressively, pressuring Shevchenko with jabs, body kicks and strikes in the pocket. Shevchenko partially connects with a high kick, but the tide turns as she scores a takedown and Grasso starts landing more strikes from the bottom.
In the fourth round, both fighters exchange punches, with Shevchenko unsuccessfully shooting for a takedown. Grasso pushes Shevchenko up against the cage, landing short punches, and takes her back to lock in a rear-naked choke for the win, becoming the new champion.
The fight was an intense and exciting display of skill from both fighters, with Shevchenko dominating on the ground and Grasso holding her own with impressive striking. This title change marks a significant moment in the history of the division, and fans will undoubtedly be eagerly anticipating what comes next for the new champion.
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