Valentina Shevchenko explains why it wouldn’t be “fair” to have Alexa Grasso trilogy at UFC 306: “We fought on Mexican Independence Day before”

By Harry Kettle - March 12, 2024

Valentina Shevchenko has explained why she doesn’t believe it would be fair for her to battle Alexa Grasso at UFC 306.

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In the last twelve months, Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso have built up quite the rivalry. At UFC 285, Grasso shocked the world by submitting Shevchenko to become the new UFC women’s flyweight champion. Then, six months later, the two fought to a draw as part of the UFC’s Mexican Independence Day celebrations.

It was recently announced that the pair will coach opposite one another on a new season of The Ultimate Fighter. Following that, they will collide in their highly anticipated trilogy bout.

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For Shevchenko, though, she isn’t convinced that it would be fair for them to meet on Mexican Independence Day as many have been suggesting that they should at UFC 306.

Shevchenko’s frustration

“I think [it would be] more fair if one for her, one for me,” Shevchenko said at TUF 32 media day. “We fought on Mexican Independence Day before. Now we have to find something with Kyrgyzstan.

“Even now, I was briefly looking through the [TUF] fighters,” she continued. “We have a Mexican fighter, but we don’t have a Kyrgyzstan fighter. So, it has to be one for her, one for me so that this is a fair game (laughs).”

“Timewise, I think it’s good because I’m just recently coming from the hand surgery. I still have the scar on my thumb,” Shevchenko said. “So, timewise, I think it’s good. I will not have to force myself in terms of preparation because if you force yourself and just rush in, it’s gonna happen that you [get] injured again and it’s gonna delay everything for even more time.”

Quotes via MMA Mania

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