In a shocking change of events, Alexa Grasso's submission of long-reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 285 stunned the mixed martial arts community. UFC president Dana White was evasive regarding a potential rematch right after the fight. White appears to have changed his mind, though.
During a post-fight news conference at UFC Fight Night 224, White revealed that the promotion is planning to book a rematch between Grasso and Shevchenko as the next UFC women's flyweight title fight. When asked by reporters if the fight was next, White replied:
"We're working on that, too. That's one of the fights we're definitely working on right now."
While no specific timeline or location has been disclosed for the rematch, the prospect of Grasso and Shevchenko going head-to-head once again is enough to ignite the excitement of fans and pundits alike. Grasso, with a record of 16-3, dethroned Shevchenko in the fourth round of their March 4 title bout. Her victory was particularly impressive considering she entered the fight as an underdog.
The win not only secured Grasso the UFC women's flyweight championship but also extended her winning streak. More significantly, she became the first fighter in ten matches to defeat Shevchenko, who had been dominating the division since December 2018.
Grasso's impressive performance showcased her resilience, skill, and determination, establishing her as a true force to be reckoned with in the flyweight division. However, Grasso will face a formidable challenge in Shevchenko, who is widely regarded as one of the most dominant champions in the sport.
Shevchenko has consistently displayed her exceptional striking, technical precision, and well-rounded skill set. With a record of 21-4 in MMA and an astonishing 10-1 in the UFC, she will undoubtedly be seeking redemption in the rematch against Grasso.
While the rematch between Grasso and Shevchenko is undoubtedly a highly anticipated fight, it's worth noting that other top contenders in the flyweight division are waiting in the wings. Manon Fiorot, Taila Santos, and Erin Blanchfield are all within striking distance of a title shot and are currently unbooked. Their performances in upcoming bouts could potentially affect the title picture and add further intrigue to the division.
As fight fans eagerly await further details about the rematch, the anticipation continues to build. Stay tuned for updates on the highly anticipated rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, a fight that will determine the fate of the UFC women's flyweight title and potentially reshape the landscape of the division.