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Who won Shevchenko vs Grasso?
Alexa Grasso beat Valentina Shevchenko by submission in the 4th round during the co-main event of UFC 285, on Saturday 4th March 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
This contest was for the UFC women’s flyweight championship.
Shevchenko vs Grasso stats
Valentina Shevchenko stepped into the octagon with a record of 23 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Alexa Grasso made her way to the cage with a record of 15 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Shevchenko had a slight advantage in power over Grasso, with a 35% knock out percentage over Grasso's 27%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Shevchenko had a large advantage over Grasso, boasting at 30% submission rate over Grasso's 7%.
Valentina Shevchenko was the older woman by 5 years, at 35 years old.
Grasso had 1-inch reach advantage.
Shevchenko was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made her debut in 2003, 9 years and 7 months earlier than Grasso, whose first professional fight was in 2012. She had fought 28 more professional rounds, 81 to Grasso's 53.
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Shevchenko had won 5 of her most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going to the judges twice.
In her last fight before this contest, she had defeated Taila Santos at UFC 275 on 11th June 2022 by split decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
Previous to that, she had defeated Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on 25th September 2021 by knockout in the 4th round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, she had beat Jessica Andrade at UFC 261 on 24th April 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Before that, she had won against Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 on 21st November 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
She had beat Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 on 8th February 2020 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston.
Alexa Grasso had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had defeated Viviane Araujo at UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araujo on 15th October 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night Columbus on 26th March 2022 by submission in the 1st round at Nationwide Arena, Columbus.
Going into that contest, she had won against Maycee Barber at UFC 258 on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, she had defeated Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Vegas 8 on 29th August 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
She had been beaten by Carla Esparza at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 3 round contest at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Valentina Shevchenko had been fighting more than Alexa Grasso.
Going to this contest, Valentina Shevchenko had last fought 1 year, 3 months and 17 days ago, while Alexa Grasso's last outing had been 11 months and 13 days ago.
Shevchenko's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 20 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 8 months and 22 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Grasso's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 7 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 9 months and 20 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Shevchenko vs Grasso?
Valentina Shevchenko was a 11/100 (-910) favourite going into the contest, while Alexa Grasso made her way into the ring at 23/4 (+580) with oddsmakers.