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Erin Blanchfield Eager for Title Shot After Controversial Grasso vs. Shevchenko Rematch



Unquestionably, Erin Blanchfield wants an opportunity for the title, but the result of the disputed Noche UFC main event may prolong her quest. A split decision was reached after the flyweight champion Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko battled to a split draw, with one judge giving each competitor a 48-47 score. Rumors of a trilogy among the two have been encouraged by this.


Blanchfield, who was in attendance, had intended to pick the winner, but there is a good chance that Grasso and Shevchenko will fight three times. Given this unpredictability, Blanchfield is willing to next compete against fellow top rival Manon Fiorot.


“I feel like I definitely should be next,” Blanchfield told The Schmo. “I feel like trilogies sometimes can clog up the divisions. Putting in some new blood for the title would be super helpful. I know Manon (Fiorot) is right behind me, so if anything, I could beat her up, too, if they did do a trilogy next. But I want to be next.”


Although Blanchfield initially scored the fight for Shevchenko, she acknowledges the need to rewatch it for a more accurate assessment.


“That was a crazy fight,” Blanchfield expressed. “Sitting there, I thought Valentina won. I thought she did enough. I’ll definitely have to watch it back and see, but crazy fight. … I think she did (win 48-47). I’d have to watch it back to kind of remember what happened each round and see what girl capitalized on what. But in the moment, I thought Valentina won.”


Blanchfield disagreed with the controversial scorecard by Judge Mike Bell, who gave Grasso a 10-8 in Round 5, leading to the draw on his scorecard.


“I don’t think it was a 10-8,” Blanchfield asserted. “Valentina was maybe covering up for a little bit too long. It did look bad in the moment, but I don’t think it was a 10-8.”


Erin Blanchfield's determination and willingness to face any challenge are evident, making her a formidable contender in the flyweight division as she awaits her shot at the title.


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