LAS VEGAS, NV – Alexa Grasso made history at UFC 285 on Saturday night, becoming the first Mexican-born fighter to win a UFC title by defeating Valentina Shevchenko via submission in the fourth-round. Grasso’s victory in the co-main event of the evening was a dramatic upset, as Shevchenko was heavily favored to retain her women’s flyweight championship.
The match was closely contested throughout, with both fighters showcasing their striking prowess and grappling skills. Grasso landed several significant strikes in the opening rounds, while Shevchenko responded with takedowns and ground-and-pound. By the end of the third round, Shevchenko held a slim lead on the scorecards.
In the fourth round, Grasso made her move, catching Shevchenko in a rear-naked choke that forced the champion to tap out at the 4:34 mark. With the win, Grasso claimed the women’s flyweight championship and made history as the first Mexican-born fighter to win a UFC title.
“I can’t believe it, it’s a dream come true,” Grasso said in the post-fight interview. “I want to thank all my fans and my team for supporting me. This is not just for me, it’s for Mexico, for all the people who believed in me.”Alexa Grasso – New UFC Womens Flyweight Champion
Grasso’s victory was celebrated by fans and fellow fighters alike, with many taking to social media to congratulate her on her historic achievement.
“Congratulations to Alexa Grasso on making history tonight,” tweeted former UFC champion Henry Cejudo. “You are an inspiration to all Mexican fighters and to all fighters around the world.”Henry Cejudo – UFC Champion
The win was a significant milestone for Grasso, who had struggled with injuries and setbacks earlier in her career. Shevchenko, meanwhile, expressed disappointment but took the loss in stride, vowing to bounce back and regain her title.
“I congratulate Alexa, she did a great job,” Shevchenko said. “I will come back stronger, I will be back.”Valentina Shevchenko
The co-main event of UFC 285 was a thrilling matchup that showcased the best of women’s mixed martial arts, with Grasso emerging as the new women’s flyweight champion and making history as the first Mexican-born UFC titleholder.