As today marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, the UFC kicked off the celebration a little early this year signing Mexican born superstar, Alexa Grasso (8-0) in mid-August. “It’s my biggest dream come true,” said Grasso. “I worked very hard to show my best in my last fight, so I’m very happy it happened.”
And to make it even more special for Grasso, her first fight will be on November 5th at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson in Mexico City, Mexico. “I want to be a good example for this sport in Mexico,” said Grasso. “I want to show that we do good things too.”
Grasso’s first test will be against TUF 20 alum, Heather Jo Clark (7-5) and as Grasso is known for her silent assassin-like fighting style, it makes sense that her way of fighting may have been influenced by one the sport’s best. “I want to be like GSP,” explained Grasso. ““He is very humble and has a lot of discipline and respect for this sport.”
UFC has always tried to tap into the Latino market knowing that Hispanic fighters and fans are some of the most passionate in the world. And they’ve done a great job over the years promoting legends like Diego Sanchez and heavyweight champions like Cain Velasquez. With featherweight phenom, Yair Rodriguez bursting onto the scene earlier this year, Grasso comes into the UFC at a great time for Latino fighters. Already a great role model for her fans, she would like to continue to represent her community well and be that for her new fans that the UFC will most definitely bring. “I want to do the right things,” said Grasso. “I just want to be the best mixed martial artist I can be. It’s going to be a great night.”
Alexa Grasso will make her UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson on Saturday, November 5th LIVE on Fox Sports 1.
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