- Alexa Grasso reacted to the judges’ alleged scoring of 10-8 in the final round
- The flyweight queen opened up about her thoughts on her next possible title challenger
Reigning UFC women’s flyweight champion Alexa Grasso is not letting herself get stressed by how the judges saw her title fight rematch with Valentina Shevchenko as a split draw. She’s also not worried about a potential trilogy fight as she remains open for whoever the UFC wants for her next.
It’s the judges’ job
Speaking to reporters in her post-Noche UFC presser, Grasso explained why she thought it was a draw but deep down she and her team knew she won. For the champ, it’s the judges’ job to score and as far as she could tell, she did everything to deserve the victory.
“I’m happy with my performance,” Grasso said at the event’s post-fight press conference. “For me it was 3-2, the second, fourth, and fifth were for me but I’m not the judge,” Grasso pointed out.
“I expected everything. She’s very competitive, I’m super competitive, and I was expecting this like a war… My coach is saying hey let’s do this you know this fifth round, we’re gonna make a statement and that’s what I did… I was pretty close, I know I did an amazing knockdown. I was closing a few positions you know to finish the fight in a ground and pound and I think I did a good good fight,” she added.
Whatever works for the UFC, works for Alexa
After the fight, Shevchenko admitted that she is unsure about pushing for a trilogy match with Grasso. On the other hand, Grasso is entrusting what lies ahead of her to the UFC.
According to the flyweight queen, if a trilogy fight with “Bullet” doesn’t materialize, she’d be glad to welcome new challengers.
“It’s an interesting question. I don’t like to stop the division. There’s a lot of girls fighting to have this opportunity like I did, so I don’t like to stop it. But whatever the UFC said, I’m in,” Grasso said.
“It all depends on the UFC. If they want a trilogy, let’s do this. If not, I would like to give an opportunity for another girl. I know how it is to be fighting all the time, to wait for your spot, and I wouldn’t like to stop this division. But whatever the UFC says,” she added.
“I just fought, I don’t want to fight right now. But I don’t know, whatever the UFC says. I’m always up for whatever and any challenge they put in front of me.”
Looking at the current flyweight rankings, the UFC might consider either Erin Blanchfield or UFC fast-rising star Manon Fiorot to challenge Grasso if Shevchenko wouldn’t agree to run it back once again.
Watch Grasso’s full presser below: