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Alexa Grasso upsets the odds and defeats Valentina Shevchenko to clinch UFC gold

Max Sherry

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Alexa Grasso upsets the odds and defeats Valentina Shevchenko to clinch UFC gold

Alexa Grasso is a world champion.

One of the most dominant reigns in women's flyweight history has come to an end with Valetina Shevchenko losing her belt to sixth-ranked Grasso.

She becomes the third Mexican-born champion in UFC history following Brandon Moreno and Yair Rodriguez.

Prior to the fight, the bookies in Las Vegas had her at 25/1 to beat Shevchenko.

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From the very first bell in the co-main event at UFC 285, Grasso dominated the fight.

On the feet, she proved too much for Shevchenko, landing a number of shots which appeared to rock the champ.

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And on the ground, she was simply unstoppable – eventually winning the bout thanks to a rear-naked choke in the fourth round.

For the finish, she expertly capitalised on Shevchenko's mistake, dodging a spinning back kick before sinking in the deep submission.

Incredibly, the commentary booth revealed that she'd actually trained for that exact situation during her camp.

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Championship mentality.

Overcome with emotion after the fight, Grasso dedicated her victory to her team as well as her partner.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/ESPN/UFC

Topics: MMA, UFC

Max Sherry
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