Alexa Grasso will defend the UFC women’s flyweight title against Valentina Shevchenko this weekend, nine months after dethroning the longtime champion.
Grasso defeated Shevchenko in the fourth round in March, ending the Kyrgyz fighter’s five-year reign at the top of the division – as well as her nine-fight winning streak.
The 30-year-old Grasso became only the second Mexican champion in UFC history and is now the only reigning titleholder in her country.
Can 35-year-old Shevchenko reverse Saturday’s result? Fans will find out when she and Grasso headline a Fight Night event in Las Vegas – a rare move for the UFC, which typically puts title fights on pay-per-views.
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When is the event?
This week’s UFC Fight Night takes place on Saturday, September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The preliminary rounds begin on Sunday, September 17th at 12:00 BST (4:00 PM PT, 6:00 PM CT, 7:00 PM ET on Saturday), with the main round following at 3:00 AM BST (19 :00 p.m. PT, 9:00 p.m. CT, 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday).
How can I watch it?
The card will air live on TNT Sports in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live, as will UFC’s Fight Pass.
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Grasso – 13.10
Shevchenko – August 13th
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Alexa Grasso (center) vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 (women’s flyweight title)
Kevin Holland vs. Jack Della Maddalena (welterweight)
Raul Rosas Jr vs. Terrence Mitchell (Bantamweight)
Daniel Zellhuber vs. Christos Giagos (lightweight)
Fernando Padilla vs. Kyle Nelson (featherweight)
Loopy Godinez vs. Elise Reed (Women’s Strawweight)
Roman Kopylov vs. Josh Fremd (middleweight)
Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda (flyweight)
Tracy Cortez vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius (women’s flyweight)
Natan Levy vs. Alex Reyes (Lightweight)
Josefine Knutsson vs. Marnic Mann (women’s strawweight)