Undefeated Strawweight prospect Alexa Grasso will be looking to impress in her UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark at TUF Latin America 3 Finale, this Saturday in Mexico City.
The surging Grasso will finally make her debut after a number of injuries delayed her entrance into the Octagon, with everything now seeming to have fallen into place for the Mexican who has the chance to make a perfect start to her UFC career in front of her home crowd.
Grasso (8-0) now enters the UFC courtesy of Invicta FC having recently headlined Invicta FC 18 on July 29 where she secured a decision win over formidable opponent Jodie Esquibel, this win resulted in the 23-year-old receiving a Performance of the Night Bonus. Previous to this fight Grasso had not fought in over a year after having to pull out of a title fight against then-champion Livia Renata Souza.
The Mexican left Invicta with a perfect record of 4-0 and in her time there secured a decision win over Ashley Cummings on her debut, a TKO win over Alida Gray and then also won Fight of the Night in her victory against Mizuki Inoue.
In an interview with MMA Fighting “Hurricane” showed nothing but respect when speaking about her upcoming opponent.
“She’s [Clark] very good, and I respect her a lot. I like her philosophy because she’s educated, respectful and very disciplined, so it’s going to be fun. She’s very aggressive and she’s well-rounded, so I think there will be a bit of everything in this fight”.
It is no surprise that Grasso is being called one of the hottest prospects in the Strawweight division and her spotless record speaks for itself.
Ahead of what is likely to be the most important fight of her life, the Mexican admitted her admiration for current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“I want to be like her,” Grasso told MMA Fighting. “I love the way she fights. I truly love and think her striking is super cool, and I admire her a lot. I would love to one day be like her.”
Clark (7-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a veteran of MMA and was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20, although she was eliminated in the preliminary round by Felice Herring, Clark was still handed her first official UFC appearance at the season’s live finale. The veteran made the most of the opportunity given to her scoring a decision win over Bec Rawlings.
The 35-year-old is looking to bounce back from her unanimous decision loss in May to current title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz, the American was on a two fight win streak prior to the fight and will be hoping to bounce back and ruin the welcome party for Grasso in her native Mexico.