Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2 took place Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Alexa Grasso (16-3) and Valentina Shevchenko (23-4) collided in the Noche UFC main event at T-Mobile Arena. The fight aired live on ESPN+.
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How tf did Alexa Grasso get out of Valentina Shevchenko's guillotine pic.twitter.com/Goc4hi8rk3— GeekedUp (@GeekedUpProd) September 17, 2023
For more on Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2, check out this live blog from MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew.
Round 1: Grasso out in orthodox, Shevchenko in southpaw. Both women with high guards and Shevchenko takes the center. She fires a snappy body kick early. And then a left hand over the guard. Shevchenko putting some sauce on things right away. Grasso with a very wide stance, staying patient.
Grasso steps in and Shevchenko lands a left hand. Then a body kick back at range. Shevchenko more aggressive early, at least with intent. She lands a left and then slips a counter from Grasso. Grasso gets her the next time but Shevchenko lands a left of her own.
Grasso switches to southpaw. Shevchenko sits on a combo and lands a left inside. Then a clinch and shot on the break from Shevchenko. Shevchenko tries a stepping elbow. Grasso lands a left in that gets a reaction. Shevchenko looks uncomfortable with Grasso in southpaw.
Shevchenko shoots and Grasso stuffs but Shevchenko lands a mean elbow on the break. Grasso lances a jab. Not a ton of angles from either woman. We’re moving in lines, trading one for one. High guards. Shevchenko sticks a jab. She’s all tenses muscle right now.
Shevchenko ducks under a right hand and gets a body lock. She spins Grasso around and gets the takedown. Shevchenko in top half with Grasso against the fence but blocked off it. Shevchenko now chipping in shots and moves to mount!
Grasso rolls over but Shevchenko has he back! Grasso keeps rolling and gets to her feet! Shevchenko lands a mean knee to the body and she’s holding the clinch against the fence now. Good scramble from Grasso but the ease of that mount is dangerous.
Short time and Shevchenko chips away before the horn.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko.
Round 2: Notable, Shevchenko did no spinning in that round. Not living in that world again it seems.
Grasso out in southpaw to start and mirroring Shevchenko takes away the body kick. Shevchenko lands a 1-2 but Grasso responds a moment later. Grasso steps in and Shevchenko ducks under for a clinch. Grasso fends her off though and gets back to space.
Shevchenko lands a 1-2 when Grasso opens up. She’s really trying to draw out counter opportunities.
GRASSO DROPS HER! DIDN’T SEE WHAT HAPPENED BUT SHEVCHENKO ROLLED OVER AND GRASSO AFTER HER! SHEVCHENKO SHOOTS BUT GRASSO IS DEFENDING! GOT HER AGAINST THE FENCE AND SHES TEEING OFF!!!!!
Shevchenko breaks and she seems okay but an immediate shot from Shevchenko blows Grasso onto the mat. Nice power double. Grasso holding on and so is Shevchenko. Both women waiting. Replay shows that both women landed right hands but Grasso’s got home better.
Shevchenko staying strong with head position here and now doing minimal work from the top. Grasso holding an overhook and tapping her back.
Shevchenko postures up to drop big shots and Grasso lands a good upkick. Shevchenko misses an ax kick. Ali-Inoki position with a minute left. Both women staying here. And Shevchenko finally commits to moving back in. Grasso keeping her knees in the way though and punching from the back. Shevchenko lands one good shot. Grasso lands many small ones as the time winds down.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8 Grasso, 19-18 Grasso overall.
Round 3: Well, things are now going to be very interesting. Shevchenko looking rough in her corner. She may still be a bit dazed? Or she’s just coming to the reality of where she’s at. She’s going to need something big to keep this from spiraling on her.
Grasso out in orthodox to start this round though, opening up that kick. Shevchenko paws with the jab and tries to set one up but Grasso switches back quickly. Grasso feinting more now. She’s rolling the shoulders to weave in. Shevchenko sticks her jab a few times though.
Grasso showing better footwork this round but Shevchenko shoots a beautiful double leg, gets to the hips and turns the corner. Never stops and she’s on top. Grasso scrambling up top her feet and Shevchenko grabs a guillotine! She jumps it and she’s in the mount! IT’S TIGHT! GRASSO DEFENDING!
Grasso is still in it but she’s made space. Now it’s on Shevchenko to bail. She does and Grasso spins but Shevchenko takes the back and puts in the body lock. No escape from Grasso this time.
Grasso fighting hands. Shevchenko can’t get much here but she’s gonna hold this position for 2 minutes if she can. Small punches. Grasso tries to spin. She almost gets it but Shevchenko stays with her. Shevchenko readjusts and keeps this positions. Grasso punching over her shoulder. That didn’t work for Alex Volkanovski.
Shevchenko playing excellent control here. She’s locked on and she’s chipping in with shots. Grasso tries to twist out but wrong direction and Shevchenko holding on. Grasso keeps working and she’s just about out with short time and Shevchenko moves to an armbar before the horn ends it.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8 Shevchenko, 28-27 Shevchenko overall.
Round 4: Dueling 10-8 rounds. No one will agree. I don’t care. It’s correct. But how much does Shevchenko have left in the tank? That was a lot of control.
Grasso out in orthodox again but switches. It’s like she defaults there and then remembers the plan. Grasso working with more pressure this round. Shevchenko controlling her feet and looking to counter. Tapping kicks from both women. Shevchenko sticking the jab a few times now though. She’s got it landing when Grasso is in southpaw.
Grasso needs to up the output. She’s getting into 1 and 2 shots. The combos are where she’s having the most success. Shevchenko content to trade like this. And lands a couple nice ones. She’s picking her off for the moment.
And Shevchenko shoots a big double but Grasso stuffs it and she lands some nice knees to the head here! Shevchenko had a hand down, trying to fend that off but I think that’s legal based on the rules?
Grasso putting things on now and she hits a big takedown! Grasso attacks and arm but Shevchenko spins and she’s on top. Grasso immediately up though! And an elbow from Shevchenko opens a cut over the eye of Grasso. They get to space and Grasso landing the leg kick but Shevchenko’s jab is glued to her face now.
Nice combination lands from Shevchenko. She’s very sharp here, but Grasso scores when she throws caution to the wind. Shevchenko ducks into a body lock and trips Grasso to the mat again. Grasso pops up but Shevchenko has the rear waistlock.
Grasso rolls for a heel hook and she could have attacked it for real but no time and the round ends.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Grasso, 37-37 overall.
Round 5: All to play for in this round. Scores all over the place. Make a statement. Earn that belt.
Grasso again in orthodox and lands a good right early and then switches. Shevchenko back to the jab. It’s been her best weapon. And a check hook when Grasso gets close.
Grasso steps in and Shevchenko lands an elbow but Grasso combos. Another one. Grasso crowding Shevchenko. But the jab keeps marking Grasso up. And again. And again. Tagging her.
OH! Nice combination snaps Grasso’s head back. She keeps trying to close the distance. Shevchenko really moving around now. Jab and circle, jab and circle. She’s not allowing Grasso to get into combination or rhythm.
1-2 lands for Shevchenko. She is looking in vintage form here. Tagging and moving. Matador. Grasso struggling with the range and space. She’s moving slowed and Shevchenko is looking great. Grasso now bleeding freely from that left eye. The jab has done good work.
Grasso charges in slightly desperately with 2 minutes to go. This is slipping away from her. She lands a right hook. Shevchenko firing more volume.
Grasso steps in and Shevchenko tries to grab a head an arm but Grasso tosses her over and she’s on the back! 90 seconds and She’s got back mount! She’s attacking the choke!!!!! OH MY GOD IS THIS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN?!?! CAN’T SEE WHAT’S GOING ON BUT SHEVCHENKO MAY HAVE JUST PUNTED THE TITLE AWAY?
Shevchenko defends but 30 seconds and Grasso holding the back. This will go to the judges though with Grasso attacking a crank. Shevchenko was in cruise control in the fifth and just threw the entire fight away. My god.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Grasso, 47-46 Grasso overall.
Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko fight to a split draw (48-47, 47-48, 47-47).