|Born||Karen Alexa Grasso Montes|
August 9, 1993
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Karen Alexa Grasso Montes (born August 9, 1993), better known as Alexa Grasso, is a Mexican mixed martial artist who competes in the strawweight division. She is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of January 20, 2020, she is #13 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Grasso made her professional MMA debut in December 2012 in her native Mexico. During the first eighteen months of her career, she amassed an undefeated record of 5 wins (3 by TKO, 2 by decision) and 0 losses.
Grasso next faced Mizuki Inoue on February 27, 2015 in the co-main event at Invicta FC 11. She won the fight by unanimous decision. The bout also earned Grasso her first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On August 11, 2016, it was announced that Grasso had signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She faced Heather Jo Clark on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson in Mexico City, Mexico. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
On August 5, 2017, Grasso faced Randa Markos at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno. Grasso suffered from a UTI Infection and was medically advised to stop cutting weight and be placed on antibiotics, as a result she came in at 119 lbs, three pounds over the strawweight limit and was fined 20% of her purse that went to Markos. The bout proceeded at a catchweight. Grasso won the fight via split decision.
Grasso was expected to face Marina Rodriguez on February 2, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 144. However, it was reported on December 17, 2018 that Rodriguez pulled out of the event due to a hand injury. The pair was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN 2. However, in March 22, 2019 it was reported Grasso was injured and she was replaced by Jessica Aguilar.
Grasso was scheduled to face Cláudia Gadelha on January 18, 2020 at UFC 246. However, on the day of the weigh-ins, Grasso weighed in at 121.5, 5.5 pounds over the non-title strawweight limit of 116 lbs. The NSAC decided to remove the fight because competitors are not allowed to compete if the weight between them is over 3 pounds. In a statement released just hours after the weigh-ins, Grasso apologized for missing weight, and declared she will now be fighting at flyweight.
On October 4, 2017, Grasso released a statement that she underwent knee surgery following an MRI which discovered that her meniscus was damaged.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Invicta Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||11 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||11–3||Carla Esparza||Decision (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens||September 21, 2019||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–2||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 238||June 8, 2019||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Tatiana Suarez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||May 19, 2018||1||2:44||Santiago, Chile|
|Win||10–1||Randa Markos||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno||August 5, 2017||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Catchweight (119 lbs) bout; Grasso missed weight.|
|Loss||9–1||Felice Herrig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||9–0||Heather Jo Clark||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson||November 5, 2016||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||8–0||Jodie Esquibel||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel||July 29, 2016||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Mizuki Inoue||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet||February 27, 2015||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Alida Gray||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio||December 5, 2014||1||1:47||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–0||Ashley Cummins||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada||September 6, 2014||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||4–0||Karina Rodríguez||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Kombat 20||August 31, 2014||3||5:00||Izcalli, Mexico|
|Win||3–0||Alejandra Alvarez||TKO (punches and knees)||Xtreme Kombat 20||August 31, 2014||1||0:36||Izcalli, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Lupita Hernandez||KO (punch)||Fight Hard Championship 3||May 11, 2013||1||0:12||Jalisco, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Sandra del Rincon||KO (punch)||GEX: Old Jack's Fight Night||December 19, 2012||1||0:15||Jalisco, Mexico|
- Alexa Grasso (@alexa_grasso) (September 6, 2019). "@moyabrand #lifestylegoods 💜". Instagram. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- "She's a knockout! Don't be fooled by this undefeated female Mixed Martial Arts fighter's good looks... she says women are just as dangerous as men in the ring". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
- "Alexa Grasso's potential isn't confined to perfect record". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
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- Raimondi, Marc (2015-07-10). "Alexa Grasso to challenge Livia Renata Souza for strawweight title at Invicta FC 14". MMA Fighting. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
- "Alexa Grasso makes UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark in Mexico City". 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- "TUF Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
- Robert Morast. "UFC Fight Night in Houston: 'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung battles Dennis Bermudez to headline card". chron. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- "Video: Alexa Grasso misses weight for UFC Fight Night 114 co-headliner with Randa Markos". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
- "UFC officially announces May 19 event in Chile, five bouts". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
- "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Tatiana Suarez steamrolls Alexa Grasso, earns first-round submission". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "Angela Hill Vs. Alexa Grasso Added To UFC Fight Night 135 In Nebraska". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
- "Knee injury forced Alexa Grasso out of UFC Lincoln; surgery not required". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
- Guilherme Cruz (2018-11-29). "Six fights added to UFC Fortaleza, including Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
- Cruz, Guilherme (2018-12-17). "Marina Rodriguez injured, out of UFC Fortaleza fight with Alexa Grasso". mmafighting. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
- Raphael Marinho. "Após estrear no UFC com empate, Marina Rodriguez encara Alexa Grasso no dia 30 de março". sportv.com. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
- DNA, MMA. "Jessica Aguilar vervangt Alexa Grasso tegen Marina Rodriguez tijdens UFC Philadelphia". Retrieved 2019-03-23.
- "Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso booked for UFC 238". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
- "UFC 238 results: Alexa Grasso batters Karolina Kowalkiewicz for unanimous decision". MMA Junkie. 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
- "Carla Esparza vs. Alexa Grasso booked for UFC Mexico City in September". WMMA Rankings. 2019-07-08. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
- "UFC on ESPN+ 17 results: Carla Esparza edges Alexa Grasso after armbar scare". MMA Junkie. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
- Fernando Quiles Jr (2019-09-22). "UFC Mexico City Bonuses & Attendance Revealed • MMA News". MMA News. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
- DNA, MMA. "Claudia Gadelha treft Alexa Grasso tijdens UFC 246 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2019-12-13.
- Lee, Alexander K. "Alexa Grasso misses weight for UFC 246 by over five pounds, bout with Claudia Gadelha canceled". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
- "Alexa Grasso issues statement after UFC 246 weight miss, headed to flyweight division". MMAFighting.com. January 17, 2020.
- "Alexa Grasso Undergoes Knee Surgery | Fightful MMA". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- "UFC 238: Cejudo vs Moraes". Fight Metric. Fight Metric. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
- Sherdog.com. "Alexa Grasso MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-09-23.