Alexa Grasso retained her UFC flyweight title in opposition to Valentina Shevchenko in a controversial cut up draw on Saturday.
Grasso, combating on her native Mexico’s Independence Day, received 48-47 on one scorecard however misplaced 48-47 on one other, whereas the ultimate scorecard learn 47-47. As such, Grasso retained the belt that she took from Kyrgyzstan’s Shevchenko with a shocking submission win in March.
The draw at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena was sealed by a 10-8 spherical in favour of Grasso on choose Mike Bell’s scorecard, and it was that spherical particularly that got here below scrutiny from viewers.
“10-8 in Round 5???? Mike Bell is a joke. Poor Valentina,” wrote one consumer on Twitter/X. Another mentioned: “What a joke. 10-8 fifth ain’t no way. Valentina should have won.” Meanwhile, one wrote: “Epic fight!! But Valentina was a bit ahead She shoulda won.”
Others, nonetheless, claimed that Grasso herself was denied a deserved victory, suggesting that 48-47 in her favour was probably the most correct scorecard.
“3-2 alexa, won round 2,4 and 5. valentina couldve closed out the 5th but got sloppy and choked,” one consumer tweeted. “Solid fight Grasso pulled it out of the bag with that late back take,” wrote one other.
Grasso, 30, is now unbeaten in her final six fights, whereas Shevchenko, 35, is 14 months faraway from her newest win – which was her ninth in a row.
Full UFC Noche outcomes
Alexa Grasso vs Valentina Shevchenko ends in cut up draw (48-47, 47-48, 47-47)
Jack Della Maddalena def. Kevin Holland by way of cut up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Raul Rosas Jr. def. Terrence Mitchell by way of first-round TKO (punches, 0:54)
Daniel Zellhuber def. Christos Giagos by way of second-round submission (anaconda choke, 3:26)
Kyle Nelson def. Fernando Padilla by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Loopy Godinez def. Elise Reed by way of second-round submission (rear bare choke, 3:38)
Roman Kopylov def. Josh Fremd by way of second-round TKO (physique punch, 4:44)
Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda ends in No Contest (referee stoppage overturned)
Tracy Cortez def. Jasmine Jasudavicius by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Charlie Campbell def. Alex Reyes by way of first-round TKO (punches, 3:38)
Josefine Knutsson def. Marnic Mann by way of unanimous resolution (30-24, 30-25, 30-27)
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