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Alexa Grasso issues statement after UFC 246 weight miss, headed to flyweight division

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Alexa Grasso’s days in the strawweight division appear to be over.

After missing weight by 5.5 pounds at the UFC 246 official weigh-ins, which led to her fight against Claudia Gadelha to be canceled, Grasso issued an apology to Gadelha and the UFC on Friday evening.

“I want to apologize to Claudia Gadelha and the UFC. I know this is a fight all were waiting a lot, including me. I trained very much for this and I did everything to lose those pounds,” Grasso wrote on Instagram. “The commission did not allow our combat although my opponent and I agreed with the sanction this implied for me. The doctors did not allow me to compete.”

Grasso, 26, also came in heavy for an Aug. 5, 2017, bout against Randa Markos (weighing in at 119 pounds on that occasion). She went on to defeat Markos by split decision.

Grasso added that “with pain in her heart” she will compete in the flyweight division next.

“I know that at this weight I will be healthier and stronger giving my body all the nutrients it needs,” Grasso said.

Grasso’s full post can be read below:

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I want to apologize to Claudia Gadelha and the UFC I know this is a fight all were waiting a lot, including me. I trained very much for this and I did everything to lose those pounds. The commission did not allow our combat although my opponent and I agreed with the sanction this implied for me. The doctors did not allow me to compete. You don’t know how difficult it has been lately to keep me in this weigh class. It was not a lack of discipline because even if I do not have a fight I’m ALWAYS on diet. I turned 26 and my body is not the same, I am growing and I am in this biological process where my metabolism is changing. I have lived in recent years to the limit of what a body needs to be healthy, and yet I have always fulfilled my obligations. Let's not talk about a flu or if my period is crossed because that added to the diet had made the weigh cuts a real suffering. I never complain or tell these things because I am not that kind of person and I always show you my best attitude. My team and I have decided that the smartest and healthiest thing to do is to be in other weigh class. With all the respect that it deserves and of course pain in my heart I say goodbye to the strawweight division 115 LB This year has a different goal for me and I officially move to Flyweight 125 LB I know that at this weight I will be healthier and stronger giving my body all the nutrients it needs. Thanks to all the people who support me, my Lobo team and my coaches who are with me every day and know that what I do is completely a commitment to my sport and my career. I start a new stage in my life!

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