Valentina Shevchenko Opposes Alexa Grasso Trilogy on Mexican Independence Day

Valentina Shevchenko is feeling the pressure. But it’s not just any pressure. It’s the weight of Mexican Independence Day that’s looming over her upcoming trilogy fight with Alexa Grasso. And honestly? She’s not too keen on it.

These two fierce competitors are set to take on the roles of rival coaches. They’ll be guiding the hopefuls of “The Ultimate Fighter 32,” which boasts talents in both the middleweight and featherweight divisions. Once the dust settles on the series, they’re expected to go head-to-head for the third time. The rumblings are that it might all go down at UFC 306 on September 14. Dana White, the big boss himself, has promised an event unlike any other at The Sphere in Las Vegas, all in the spirit of celebrating Mexican Independence Day. Shevchenko, having already faced Grasso on a Noche UFC card last year, is pitching for a bit of a cultural exchange. She wants the trilogy fight to shine a spotlight on her homeland, Kyrgyzstan.

During a chit-chat at the “TUF 32” promotional press conference, Shevchenko laid out her thoughts. “I think more fair it’s gonna be one for her, one for me,” she mused. They’ve duked it out on Mexican Independence Day before, so now? It’s Kyrgyzstan’s turn in the spotlight. Shevchenko even mentioned a quick peek at the TUF fighters revealed a Mexican fighter in the mix but no one from Kyrgyzstan. “So, it has to be one for her, one for me so this is a fair game,” she insisted.

Grasso, on the other hand, managed to put an end to Shevchenko’s reign over the flyweight division. She clinched a submission victory at UFC 285 last March, marking one of the sport’s most jaw-dropping upsets. The rematch? It took place at a Noche UFC event in September, where Grasso held onto her belt after a controversial split draw. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions and stakes!

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