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Alexa Grasso arrives for UFC 285 fight week, March 2023 (Photo by Kaylie Foster/Zuffa LLC)

Alexa Grasso Is Fueled By Her Supporters

Flyweight Title Challenger Alexa Grasso Faces 125-Pound Champion Valentina Shevchenko In The Co-Main Event At UFC 285: Jones vs Gane

This Saturday, Alexa Grasso makes the most important walk of her UFC career.

The No. 6 flyweight contender challenges the best fighter the women’s flyweight division has ever seen in Valentina Shevchenko, who’s claimed seven title defenses after winning the vacant belt against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in 2018.

Since moving up from the strawweight division in 2020, Grasso’s hit a stride, winning all four of her flyweight contests, including an impressive performance over Viviane Araujo in her first UFC main event last October.

“I feel so good right now,” Grasso said. “When I started my career, I was so young, and I was super thin. Every fight camp, you are stronger and stronger and lifting more weight, so I think it was necessary and I found myself in the best shape of my life [at flyweight].

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“Having my first main event was huge. I thought that I upgraded myself on a lot of levels: my mind, my game, my conditioning and my experience, also.

“My last fight against Araujo was the one I felt myself as a better athlete in all aspects. I was able to compete against a jiu-jitsu black belt, which was great. My jiu jitsu is [now] a lot better.”

As she began racking up wins, Grasso looked to other Mexico-born champions to motivate her to elevate her game and reach championship contention. In January, Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo in their fourth meeting to reclaim his flyweight throne, while just last month, Yair Rodriguez defeated Josh Emmett to claim the interim featherweight title. On Saturday, Grasso hopes to join them as the third current Mexican champion.

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“It’s a big inspiration for me to watch Brandon and Yair winning because I have known them for a long time,” Grasso said. “I remember when we all started in the UFC and now we’re all achieving a lot of things; now we’re having these big opportunities and it just gives me a lot of motivation.”

Alexa Grasso Lands Punches Before Securing a TKO on Alida Gray
Alexa Grasso Lands Punches Before Securing a TKO on Alida Gray

Standing in her way, though, is one of the most dominant champions the promotion has ever seen. In preparation for this fight, Grasso believed she needed to take every training session more seriously than the next, and worked tirelessly to ensure all aspects of her game were the sharpest they’ve ever been.

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“Valentina is the biggest challenge of my life,” Grasso said. “She’s a complete athlete. She has everything; good striking, good grappling, good jiu-jitsu, so I made myself extremely disciplined with every single training session and I think that’s going to be key for a victory over an opponent so tough like her.”

Alexa Grasso of Mexico kicks Maycee Barber in their flyweight fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Alexa Grasso of Mexico kicks Maycee Barber in their flyweight fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

During her fight week interview with, Grasso refrained from discussing any of her gameplan, knowing that she has particular tools that she thinks will surprise Shevchenko once they engage in the Octagon. However, she mentioned that regardless of what happens or where the fight goes, she’ll find the best shots to land on the feet and the best positions on the mat if the fight takes itself there.

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While being the one to physically earn the results inside the Octagon, Grasso was quick to thank her entire coaching staff and fans throughout her journey to this title opportunity. As she makes the all-important walk to the Octagon this weekend, all those supporters will be racing through her mind, providing her last bit of fuel and motivation before the biggest fight of her professional career.

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“In my mind, when I’ll be walking to the cage, I’ll be remembering all the moments since I started fighting, all the challenges I had to face, all the training, dieting, cardio I did, and all the people who had been around me, helping me to be [a] better human, better person [and] better athlete. My coaches, they are the most important part of this thing. My teammates, who I know will be cheering for me, and also the [fans] that are supporting me. That’s going to be what I’m going to be thinking about and I just want to make all of them proud.”

UFC 285: Jones vs Gane took place live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 4, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass