Alexa Grasso issues statement on tough, first-round submission loss to Tatiana Suarez

Alexa Grasso

Alexa Grasso’s battle with The Ultimate Fighter 23 winner Tatiana Suarez, which headlined the UFC’s Saturday night debut in Santiago, Chile, did not go the way she planned. Instead, the Mexican strawweight was taken down and submitted by her American adversary in the very first round.

Shortly after this loss, Grasso took to Instagram to issue a statement. Here’s what she had to say.

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Nos gusta hablar de cuando nos va bien, cuando todo es bello y perfecto. Pero se que tambien es bueno mostrar ese lado que a nadie le gusta, esos momentos que nos hacen pasar un trago amargo. Anoche me toco perder con un mataleon en el round 1 y casi me duermo! La vida es asi, como una gran apuesta, me ofrecieron esta pelea y mi primer reaccion fue decir a mis coaches -Claro que si, hay que tomar grandes retos, porque estas oportunidades son para prepararnos como nunca y enfrentarlos de la mejor manera. 2 cosas son seguras: ganas o pierdes, pero *NUNCA* QUEDARTE VIENDO COMO PASA EL TIEMPO HACIENDO NADA Y SIN HABERLO INTENTADO! Para eso estoy aqui, por esto he llegado hasta aqui: para competir en lo elite del MMA. No tengo ninguna lesión, lo único que deseo es regresar al gym a entrenar y corregir mis errores. Asi es como sana el corazon de un atleta! Gracias a todo mi equipo por cuidarme y apoyarme en las buenas y no tan buenas. Esto solo me llena de energia y me forza a ser mejor. Los quiero y les agradesco a todos sus mensajes de cariño, es muy bonito 💖😘

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“We like to talk about when we are doing well, when everything is beautiful and perfect,” Grasso said in her post (translated from Spanish). “But I know it’s also good to show the side that nobody likes, those moments that make us take a bitter drink. Last night I lost to a killer in round 1, and I almost fell asleep! Life is like that, like a big bet. I was offered this fight and my first reaction was to tell my coaches ‘of course, we have to take big challenges, because these opportunities prepare us as never before, and [we must] face them in the best way.”

“Two things are certain: you win or lose, but * NEVER * WATCH HOW TIME GOES BY DOING NOTHING AND NOT HAVING TRIED IT!,” Grasso continued. “That’s why I’m here, that’s why I’ve come here: to compete among the elite of MMA. I do not have any injuries, all I want is to return to the gym to train, and correct my mistakes. That’s how an athlete’s heart heals! Thanks to all my team for taking care of me and supporting me through the good and not so good ones. This only fills me with energy and forces me to be better. I love you and I thank you all for your messages of love, it’s very nice.”

With this loss, Alexa Grasso returns to the loss column after a split win over Randa Markos. She’s now 10-2 overall.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/21/2018.