Noche UFC: Grasso retains title in split decision draw over Shevchenko

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Alexa Grasso defends her UFC women’s flyweight title against former longtime champ Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of Noche UFC on Saturday in Las Vegas.The fights at T-Mobile Arena are on ESPN+, with the 10 p.m. ET main card preceded by prelims at 7 p.m. The Noche UFC event is the promotion’s celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

Grasso (16-3) has won five fights in a row, most recently a fourth-round submission of Shevchenko in March that earned the Mexican her title. Grasso is No. 3 in the ESPN women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Shevchenko (23-4) — ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s pound-4-pound rankings — had won nine straight prior to the loss to Grasso, including seven defenses of the 125-pound title she won in 2018.

ESPN MMA correspondents Marc Raimondi, Jeff Wagenheim and Brett Okamoto break down all the drama from an action-packed night in Sydney.

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