UFC Hall of Famer: ‘Valentina Shevchenko’s defeat was no accident’

UFC Hall of Famer: 'Valentina Shevchenko's defeat was no accident'

Hall of Famer and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping doesn’t think Alexa Grasso’s victory over Valentina Shevchenko was a fluke, and doesn’t see “The Bullet” as a favorite in an upcoming title rematch with the Mexican.

“It may sound crazy, but I think that Alexa is a better fighter than Valentina,” said the Brit in another video posted on his YouTube channel. “It doesn’t seem crazy to me at all. I think Alexa looked very good. Valentina Shevchenko has been the dominant force for so long, but sooner or later everyone’s time comes to an end.”

“Is this the beginning of her end? Are Shevchenko’s best days over? I do not know. Maybe. Maybe she was having a bad day, or maybe Alexa is just a better fighter. I think that Alexa Grasso looked very good and her victory was definitely not an accident.”

“I am a fan of Valentina, so in no way am I trying to belittle her. She was a dominant champion, but she was way too passive and defensive in this fight. She needs to become a hungry killer again. She needs to go ahead and be the aggressor, instead of always waiting for an opportunity to counterattack. On the other hand, who am I to sit here and criticize Shevchenko, given her career and merits.

In March of this year, 29-year-old Alexa Grasso made one of the biggest upsets in the history of mixed martial arts, finishing 35-year-old Valentina Shevchenko by rear naked choke in the fourth round and becoming the new UFC flyweight champion. At the same time, “Bullet” advanced to the fourth round, fighting with a score of 29-28 on the cards of all judges.

The women’s title rematch between Grasso and Shevchenko will be the main event of the UFC tournament, which will be held on September 16 in Las Vegas.