2014 was a big year for undefeated Invicta FC strawweight mixed martial artist Alexa Grasso (6-0).
Grasso made her Invicta debut in September at Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs Tamada and won a unanimous decision over Ashley Cummins. A few months later at Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs Tiburcio, Grasso stopped Alida Gray in the first round.
In addition to going 2-0 in Invicta, the Cummings and Gray fights also won her the Invicta FC Fans Choice awards for Best Fight of the Year, Best Knockout of the Year and Best Fighter of the Year proving that Grasso has a huge fan base behind her and her work didn’t go unnoticed.
“For me the support is very important,” said Grasso. “It means they realize the effort I give but means I will have to continue to train more than my opponent and continue to improve every day.”
Not wanting to stop the momentum of her success, Grasso will fight Japanese superstar Mizuki Inoue (8-3) on the co-main event of Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs Tweet on Friday, February 27th. Inoue is coming off a November loss via Karolina Kowalkiewicz at Invicta FC 9.
It’s no surprise that with Grasso’s fast rise in the organization, she has earned the co-main event slot, and that pressure has been the thorn to fighters in the past, but Grasso disagrees.
“There are many times that this thing has scared me,” explained Grasso. “But that is what also gives me strength proving that I am capable of doing everything to fulfill my biggest goals and dreams.”
As the women’s strawweight division grabbed the eye of fans everywhere last year, specifically through many past Invicta FC fighters on UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter 20, history has show that successful fighters from Invicta eventually go on to the UFC’s big stage. As that may be in the back of Grasso’s mind, what’s in the front is her fight in February and one more important thing. “My goal for this year is to have more fights to get experience,” said Grasso. “And of course I would like to fight for a title this year.”
Photos by Esther Lin, Invicta FC