Daniel Cormier: “Grasso and Shevchenko should complete the trilogy”

Former UFC double champion Daniel Cormier, who served as commentator for the title fight between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, commented on the controversial refereeing decision that allowed the Mexican to retain the flyweight championship belt.

“Things got a little crazy in the fifth round,” the American said in a video published on his Youtube channel. “Mike Bell gave it to Alexa Grasso. The beginning of the round was for Shevchenko, then they moved her, started beating her up, she had to defend herself from the sub-measures and she obviously lost that round. I went into the octagon to interview the winner. By my reckoning it was Alexa Grasso, but we ended up with a draw.”

D.C. believes Grasso won the fifth round that decided the fate of the match, but doesn’t understand how referee Mike Bell could have given it to the UFC champion by a score of 10-8.

“I don’t know what Mike Bell was looking at when he gave the fifth round to Grasso by a score of 10-8. She won it, no doubt about it. But 10-8 is one of the worst judges’ notes I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Cormier is convinced that the second fight left a reticence and that the girls should complete the trilogy.

“Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko showed an absolute classic and they must do it again. These two women must fight again and complete the trilogy. Every time we bring them together in the cage, we are in for an epic battle.”

The title fight headlining UFC Fight Night 227 in Las Vegas went the full distance and ended in a split decision draw with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 47-47. In doing so, Mike Bell effectively sealed the fate of the fight by giving Grasso the last round by a 10-8 count to make the final score 47-47.