Valentina Shevchenko may challenge the result of her fight with Alexa Grasso

Valentina Shevchenko’s team is considering filing an appeal and challenging the result of her title rematch against Alexa Grasso, in which “Bullet” was stripped of her victory due to referee Mike Bell giving a 10-8 final round decision to the reigning UFC champion.

“We plan to meet with the manager this week and make a decision on this issue,” Shevchenko said on another edition of The MMA Hour program. “Right now I don’t want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I need time to review the fight again and assess the situation. Maybe after that we will have more grounds with more evidence. I’m happy with my performance and that’s what matters. That’s what’s important.”

“I fought as hard as I could and won three rounds – it’s not my fault that the referee made a mistake. It’s not for me to live with that decision, it’s for him. He will forever be remembered for that mistake. I don’t know if he will still referee fights, but now all the fighters and their team officials will look at him with apprehension and expect the unexpected because he questioned his professionalism. I would like to hear an explanation from him. I’d like to hear why he gave me three rounds and then all of a sudden decided, ‘No, I don’t want her to win. 10-8’. It’s a good thing he didn’t put it 10-7.”

The women’s flyweight title fight, which headlined UFC Fight Night 227 in Las Vegas last weekend, went the full distance and ended in a split decision draw with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 47-47. In doing so, referee Mike Bell effectively decided the fate of the fight, giving Grasso the last round by a score of 10-8 for a final score of 47-47.