Erin Blanchfield willing to fight Manon Fiorot next following controversial Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso rematch at Noche UFC: “I thought Valentina won”

By Susan Cox - September 18, 2023

Erin Blanchfield says she’s willing to fight Manon Fiorot next following the controversial Valentina Shevchenko vs Alexa Grasso rematch at Noche UFC.

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Noche UFC took place this past Saturday, September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the event was flyweight title bout between Valentina Shevchenko (23-4 MMA) and Alexa Grasso (16-3 MMA). The end result was a split draw in their title fight rematch.

Erin Blanchfield (12-1 MMA), who was in attendance for the match-up spoke to ‘The Schmo’ about who should be next to fight for the title:

“I feel like I definitely should be next. I feel like trilogies sometimes can clog up the divisions. Putting in some new blood for the title would be super helpful. I know Manon (Fiorot) is right behind me, so if anything, I could beat her up, too, if they did do a trilogy next. But I want to be next.”

Manon Fiorot (11-1 MMA) is on an 11-fight winning streak, her latest victory coming via way of unanimous decision against Rose Namajunas (11-6 MMA) earlier this month.

It’s true that many are calling for a trilogy fight between ‘Bullet’ and Grasso, but Blanchfield feels she’s deserving of a shot at the title.

Continuing, ‘Cold Blooded’ reflected on the fight this past weekend saying:

“That was a crazy fight. Sitting there, I thought Valentina won. I thought she did enough. I’ll definitely have to watch it back and see, but crazy fight. … I think she did (win 48-47). I’d have to watch it back to kind of remember what happened each round and see what girl capitalized on what. But in the moment, I thought Valentina won.”

It was judge Mike Bell, giving Grasso a 10-8 in Round 5 which ultimately led to a draw on his tally.

Erin Blanchfield concluded by saying she doesn’t agree with Bell’s scoring (h/t MMAJunkie):

“I don’t think it was a 10-8. Valentina was maybe covering up for a little bit too long. It did look bad in the moment, but I don’t think it was a 10-8.”

Were you watching this weekend? Do you believe the Shevchenko vs Grasso fight was scored correctly?

Would you like to see a trilogy fight between Shevchenko and Grasso or do you agree with Blanchfield that ‘new blood’ is needed?

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