Michael Bisping isn’t on board with the result of the recent flyweight title tilt.
Mexico’s last fighting UFC champion Alexa Grasso capped off the festive fight week that was Noche UFC in Las Vegas, Nev. this past Saturday night alongside her dance partner, the former champion Valentina Shevchenko. Grasso’s huge upset victory this past March set the stage for a big rematch on Mexican Independence Day.
Unsurprisingly, the two best fighters 125 pounds has to offer delivered in spades with a thrilling technical back-and-forth chess match over five rounds. Momentum shifts came in the forms of big strikes and tense grappling exchanges but Grasso and Shevchenko ultimately needed the judges’ scorecards this time around. Unfortunately, there was no winner as the bout was declared a split draw. Each fighter received one 48-47 scorecard from one of the three judges while the last judge Michael Bell had the fight 47-47 thanks to a Grasso 10-8 in round five. The aforementioned former middleweight champion Bisping is no stranger to questionable decisions, and like most, just can’t wrap his head around this one.
“I say Valentina Shevchenko should have won that fight three rounds to two, maybe even four rounds to one,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “Round four was a close one.
“Referee Mike Bell gave a 10-8 round to Alexa Grasso in round five and there’s just no way. There is no way that that was a 10-8 round. Now granted, the understanding of a 10-8 is a little bit all over the place for a lot of people. It used to be back in the day to win a round via a 10-8 scorecard you had to go out there and almost kill your opponent. It’s not like that anymore.”
The fifth round was largely dictated by Shevchenko, edging out the first three minutes and 30 seconds with sharp jabs to out-strike Grasso. “The Bullet” landed 41 total strikes in the round per UFC Stats, which presumably all came in that timespan as Grasso closed the round in control. A big missed takedown from Shevchenko allowed the champion to fall onto the back of her rival, where she rained down punches and sought a rear-naked choke before the fight concluded.
A draw is never an ideal outcome but in this case, no one is more hurt than the division’s top contenders Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot. The result will more than likely lead to a trilogy between Grasso and Shevchenko, prolonging the other contenders’ immediate hopes of getting their shots at gold. However, Shevchenko revealed in her post-fight press conference that she broke her thumb in the first round of the fight and will need to wait and see how long it will take her to recover.
If it were up to “The Count,” Bisping would still wait and make it happen.
“For my money, they’ve got to do that fight again because it’s unfinished business,” Bisping said. “It was a draw.
“It wasn’t the biggest robbery. In fact, it wasn’t a robbery. That term gets thrown around too much. It was a very, very entertaining fight. Well done to Alexa Grasso.”
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Last Week’s Results:
Wednesday: 40% of 477 total votes answered “Valentina Shevchenko and Kevin Holland” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Alexa Grasso and Shevchenko fought to a split draw in the Noche UFC main event this past Saturday. Jack Della Maddalena defeated Holland via split decision in the Noche UFC co-main event.
Tuesday: 46% of 569 total votes answered “Sean Strickland” when asked, “Who is the current best middleweight on the planet?”
Monday: 36% of 601 total votes answered “1” when asked, “How many times will Sean Strickland defend the UFC middleweight title?”
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