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Alexa Grasso Picked To Defend UFC Title In Rematch With Valentina Shevchenko: ‘I Think She Is The Better Fighter’


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“It might sound crazy, but I think Alexa (Grasso) is the better fighter,” Michael Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “That doesn’t sound crazy to me at all. I thought Alexa looked really good. I think that Valentina Shevchenko has been a dominant force for so long, but everyone has their time. Everyone has their end. Everyone has their beginning of the end.”And ahead of her first defense as a champion under the banner of the UFC, Grasso, 29, currently sits atop the women’s pound-for-pound rankings pile, following the retirement of Brazilian veteran Amanda Nunes back in June. Turning the tide in a stunning rallying performance back in March of this year in the co-main event of UFC 285, Alexa Grasso managed to force a fourth round submission win over the dominant Shevchenko – bringing a crashing halt to the Krgysztan native’s roughshod run at the flyweight limit.

Michael Bisping doubts Alexa Grasso landed a “fluke” title win in March

Relentlessly drilling her eventual back-take and submission success against Shevchenko during a pre-fight warm-up routine, Grasso, who plys her trade at Lobo Gym – has been backed as the better overal fighter when compared to Shevchenko by Bisping.Slated to headline a rare ‘Fight Night’ billed event at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16. – Guadalajara native, Grasso takes main event status on Mexico Independence Day, rematch challenger, Shevchenko in an undisputed flyweight title.

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Booked to immediately rematch former undisputed flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko on Mexican Independence Day in September, newly-minted titleholder, Alexa Grasso has been picked as the “better fighter” by former middleweight kingpin, Michael Bisping – with the Hall of Famer backing Grasso to retain gold to boot.“Is this the beginning of the end of Shevchenko?” Bisping pondered. “Are her best days behind her? I don’t know – maybe. Maybe she had an off night. Maybe Alexa Grasso is just a better fight. I thought she looked very well. It certainly wasn’t a fluke.” 

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