Where was the 10-8: Sean Strickland and “Suga” Sean O’Malley pulled off major victories in the UFC in 2023. However, it all began at UFC 285 with Alexa Grasso. Grasso fought Valentina Shevchenko, the reigning champion, and submitted h`er in the fourth round. The rematch took place at UFC Noche in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Alexa Grasso retained the title via a split draw against Valentina Shevchenko.
Shevchenko entered with a specific objective: to reclaim the championship. Grasso sought a rematch with Shevchenko to demonstrate that his first victory was not a coincidence. The bout began with a close exchange of blows until Shevchenko executed a takedown. In the second round, Alexa Grasso struck Shevchenko down with a counter.
Shevchenko re-entered the fight in the third round by utilizing effective grappling. She dominated Grasso for the majority of the round and triumphed. In the fourth round, however, Grasso returned stronger. Shevchenko had likely won three rounds after four, or the score was 2-2. All was resolved in the fifth round. Shevchenko landed solid punches in the fifth round. However, in the final minute, Grasso managed to capture Shevchenko’s back, which may have swung the fight in her favor.
Alexa Grasso vs Valentina Shevchenko 2 is the 6th draw in @UFC championship history.
The others: Uno-Penn, Maynard-Edgar, Woodley-Thompson, Blachowicz-Ankalaev, and Moreno-Figueiredo.
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The decision became a split draw when Bruce Buffer announced the outcome. One adjudicator awarded Grasso points, while the other awarded Shevchenko points. The third adjudicator declared a tie. He awarded Grasso a 10-8 in the final round. The 10-8 score for the final round was unjustified. This round was dominated by Shevchenko until the very end. The fight’s outcome will stir debate among the fans.
Fans debate the decision between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko in their championship bout.
The anticipated rematch between Grasso and Shevchenko was highly anticipated due to the surprising outcome of their initial bout. Irish sensation Conor McGregor weighed in on the outcome as well. Fans were disappointed with the outcome of the rematch. They utilized Twitter to dispute the outcome. View some of the audience responses:
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