After a successful debut in her new division last August, UFC women’s flyweight Alexa Grasso (12-3) is back this weekend in the co-main event of UFC 258: Usman vs Burns. She will face brash-talking Maycee Barber (8-1) who is returning to the octagon after being out for a year with a knee injury. When asked about Barber’s attitude towards her and the fight, Grasso had few words for her back. “Its fine,” said Grasso. “We all have our styles. I’m just focusing on our fight, my training, the weight cut and enjoying this very much.”
With this fight being at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, that means no crowds still. This will be the second time fighting with no fans in the stands for Grasso and as much as he doesn’t mind it, she is ready to see some seats filled as soon as it’s safe. “It’s weird but I also think this is more like a chess match,” explained Grasso. “You can hear the other corners, so it’s interesting. I think I can focus a little bit better but of course it’s exciting to think that soon we will have the people cheering for us again.”
Having some success as a strawweight, Grasso never got to the top of that division, something she definitely has her eye on now as a flyweight, along with fighting more frequently this year. “My goal first is to get in the top ten of the division and have that ten number,” said Grasso. “After that, anyone that’s over there I would love to fight because my goal is of course getting in line to fight for the championship and to be the first Mexican champion.”
Like UFC Bantamweight, Brandon Moreno, Grasso also still lives and trains in her hometown in Jalisco, Mexico. She has fought three of her UFC fights in Mexico City and like Moreno seeks to be the first Mexico born Mexican UFC champion and looks forward to fighting for her fans again soon. “I would love to fight again in Mexico,” said Grasso. “Honestly it’s amazing to be surrounded by all the people I know, my family, my friends and everyone I know, so I hope that the UFC can come back soon.”
With a win under her belt already, Grasso knows that this fight is a big step towards leaving her new mark in her new division and a win over Barber should put her in the top ten. “I want to show all the new skills I’ve been learning,” said Grasso. “I’ve been training so hard. Of course you know my striking is my strongest weapon but I’ve been working so hard to get better at wrestling and jiu-jitsu.”
Alexa Grasso will face Maycee Barber in the co-main event of UFC 258: Usman vs Burns this Saturday, February 13th live on PPV.
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