Dana White reveals plans for booking the rematch between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso next


Dana White reveals plans for booking the rematch between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso next

In the immediate aftermath of UFC 285, the event in which Alexa Grasso stunned the world and submitted long-reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko, UFC president Dana White was noncommittal about an immediate rematch. Since then, however, it appears he has made up his mind.

White told reporters at a post-fight news conference for UFC Vegas 73 on Saturday that the promotion intends to schedule the rematch as the division’s next championship bout.

Dana White
Dana White

White did not disclose a timeframe or location for the rematch. Grasso (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) became UFC women’s flyweight champion in Round 4 of her March 4 title fight against Shevchenko when she submitted the then-champion in spectacular fashion. Discussing the rematch, White stated:

“We’re working on that, too. That’s one of the fights we’re definitely working on right now.”

With the triumph, Grasso extended her winning streak and became the first woman in ten bouts to defeat Shevchenko, who had dominated the division since December 2018.

Manon Fiorot, Taila Santos, and Erin Blanchfield are also within striking distance of title contention. None of the three are scheduled at present.

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