The UFC is set to honor Mexican Independence Day with an electrifying UFC Fight Night. Witness the highly anticipated women’s flyweight championship clash as Alexa Grasso defends her title against former champion Valentina Shevchenko on September 16th at the iconic T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In another thrilling matchup, former middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum moves to welterweight to take on Shavkat Rakhmonov. Prepare for an unforgettable night of MMA action!
In a remarkable upset, Grasso (16-3) claimed the flyweight championship with a submission victory over Shevchenko in March. Hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, the 29-year-old Grasso is currently on a five-fight winning streak and holds the impressive No. 4 spot in the pound-for-pound women’s fighter rankings by ESPN.
Valentina Shevchenko (23-4) holds the record for being the most dominant flyweight champion in UFC history, successfully defending her title seven times. Her reign came to an end when she faced Grasso in a memorable fight.
With an undefeated record of 17-0, Rakhmonov is expected to have the upper hand against Gastelum (18-8), who hasn’t competed in the 170-pound division since 2016. Notably, Gastelum failed to make weight for his previous welterweight fight
After his move to the middleweight division in late 2016, Donald Cerrone has achieved a 5-6 record. However, in a recent interview with ESPN, he expressed his desire to return to the welterweight division, a weight class he has always considered his ideal fit.
Mexican fighters have had a remarkable year in 2023. Grasso claimed a well-deserved title, Moreno established himself as the premier flyweight, Rodriguez earned an interim UFC title, and Aldana fought valiantly for the bantamweight championship against Nunes. Their achievements showcase Mexico’s rising talent in the world of MMA.
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