Former Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko Questions Referee’s Decision in UFC 285 Fight

March 29, 2023
From: Spartacus

Concerns have been voiced by former flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko regarding referee Jason Herzog’s choice to divide Alexa Grasso and Shevchenko during their contest at UFC 285. When the judge stepped in, according to Shevchenko, she was still striking Grasso while she was on the ground.

‘Bullet’ attempted a spinning back kick in the fourth round of the fight, which Grasso effectively blocked by jumping on Valentina Shevchenko’s back and applying a rear-naked choke, which eventually resulted in the former champion’s defeat and the loss of her title.

The former flyweight champion made the following remarks in an appearance with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour recently:

“I never thought about this but now I kind of like it’s very clear in my mind and few actions what referee[Jason Herzog] did in the fight I completely don’t understand, kind of like why he did that because he was referee in my last two fights.”

Shevchenko continued: 

“As I mentioned this action is kind of like a hard to understand 

for me, why it was because when I rewatched the fight and it’s not my fault that Alexa could not go out from that position because I was holding her very tight in that moment.”

The result of the fight, in Valentina Shevchenko’s opinion, may have been impacted by the referee’s choice to separate them while she was still aggressively striking Grasso on the ground. The remarks of the former champion have prompted a discussion about the function of referees in mixed martial arts and the necessity of consistency in their decision-making.

Valentina Shevchenko states her goal for the repeat is to defeat Alexa Grasso.

Former UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko recently discussed how she lost the title to Alexa Grasso and declared her intention to exact revenge. ‘Bullet’ reacted angrily to her loss by vowing to beat Grasso in a rematch to demonstrate her superiority.

Grasso’s victory over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 285 left the combatant, who is regarded as one of the best in the UFC, visibly disappointed. She doesn’t appear to be ruminating on failure, but rather using it as inspiration to fight back even harder.

The professional mixed martial artist from Kyrgyzstan and Peru recently made an appearance on The MMA Hour programme with Ariel Helwani. During her interview, she expressed a fierce resolve to reclaim her title and exact revenge on Grasso.

According to the fighter:

“I’m just gonna go there and just finish the fight. And this is what I feel, that I have to do because it’s very important to uh… not just win by points but definitely kind of like, to show your superior level in this. It’s truly very important for me.”

The rematch presents Valentina Shevchenko with the chance to establish her status as one of the finest fighters in the world and to dominate Grasso. When the two fighters do eventually face off in the octagon, their tenacious determination and unwavering confidence are bound to make for a thrilling contest.

In the Alexa Grasso match, Valentina Shevchenko accuses UFC officials of being incompetent.

At UFC 285’s co-main event, Alexa Grasso challenged and defeated Valentina Shevchenko for the women’s flyweight championship in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. Late in the fourth round of the fiercely fought fight, Grasso submitted the current champion.

After the fight, Shevchenko voiced his displeasure and claimed that officials had made mistakes during the pre-fight inspections, particularly with regard to Grasso’s fingernails. Shevchenko argues that this might have given her adversary an unfair advantage during their battle and queries why this wasn’t investigated further.

‘Bullet’ recently made the following comment on The MMA Hour show:

“It was a little bit blood in the beginning of the first round and people could see it’s kind of like short strike or something like that. But it wasn’t damage, unfortunately it was lack of checking length of fingernails. That’s why, the fingernails went like down to the skin and rip off the part of it, so it was like light blood. But it was not any cut, it wasn’t any damage of strike, it was just like – I hope next time they will check more carefully.”


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