Noche UFC, headlined by the main event of the rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevcheko was one of the most anticipated UFC events. In one of the biggest upsets in the UFC history Alexa Grasso defeated the 5 times defending champion Shevchenko to become the UFC flyweight champion at UFC 285.
Now the highly anticipated UFC flyweight rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko has ended on a controversial note as the judges declared the Noche UFC main event a split draw.
Alexa Grasso vs Valentina Shevchenko bout result
Alexa Grasso retained her title over Valentina Shevchenko at the Noche UFC by a split decision draw. Alexa Grasso may have left the arena as the fly weight champion, but she didn’t leave the arena with a victory over the challenger of the title, Valentina Shevchenko.
Grasso and Shevchenko battled it out for 5 long exhausting rounds with judges scoring the fight 48-47 in favor of Grasso, 48-47 for Shevchenko and 47-47 for a draw.
This is the sixth time that a fight has resulted in a split draw. Before Grasso vs Shevchenko, in 2003, B.J. Penn and Caol Uno fought for the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 41 and that particular result was also a split draw.
The battle between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko was so thrilling that Conor McGregor himself reacted to the result of the fight. McGregor was left amazed by the quality of the fighters and wrote, “An absolute corker of a fight, he rated the fight as the best fight in the WMMA. Wow wow, wow! Well done @AlexaGrasso and @BulletValentina! Incredible!”
Shevchenko talks about the split draw decision vs Grasso
Valentina Shevchenko wasn’t satisfied with the result of the bout. In the post-fight interview at Noche UFC, when asked by the interviewer whether it was the fight that she had expected against Alexa Grasso, Shevchenko took the mic to express her disappointment.
Shevchenko said she believed that she fought till the end and that the challenger did enough. Shevchenko further added that had the fight been fair, the victory would’ve been hers.
Shevchenko said to the UFC Hall of famer, Daniel Cormier, that she thinks the victory was 3-2 in her favor, but the judges felt the pressure of it being the Mexican Independence Day and declared the fight as a split draw.
As it stands, Alexa Grasso is still the UFC women’s flyweight champion.
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