“Shevchenko beat Grasso”: UFC Hall of Fame member on the scandalous refereeing decision

Hall of Fame member and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who is a full-time commentator for the world’s strongest league, did not work the title fight between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, but is convinced that “Bullet” should have left the octagon with the championship belt.

“Shevchenko won the fifth round,” MMAmania quoted the Brit as saying. “She dominated most of the round, made a mistake and got down, but got out pretty quickly. I’d still say Shevchenko won the fifth round.”

“Valentina Shevchenko should have won this fight 3-2 by rounds, maybe even 4-1 because the fourth round was close. I can agree that Grasso’s punches from the top in the final round did more damage, but even if you give that round to her, Shevchenko would still have won the fight 3-2, and that’s official – look at the judges’ notes. But referee Mike Bell gave Alexa Grasso the fifth round by a score of 10-8, and that’s just not possible. You can’t give that round a score of 10-8 if you want to”

The women’s flyweight 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, allowing the Mexican to retain her championship belt. The fate of the fight was essentially decided by referee Mike Bell, who gave Grasso the last round by a score of 10-8 for a final score of 47-47.