Alexa Grasso is a rising prospect to watch in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s strawweight division. While Grasso is just 24 years old, she has compiled a professional mixed martial arts record of 10-1 and has a 2-1 record since joining the UFC ranks. Ranked as the No. 9 contender at 115-pounds, the Guadalajara, Mexico product is looking to continue climbing the ranks on the sport’s biggest stage.
Grasso first got her start training thanks to her uncle, who used to train and teach. She also learned boxing from her father, before picking up jiu-jitsu. Once Grasso started training, there was no turning back.
” I used to watch my uncle Francisco Grasso training and teaching. My dad taught me shadow boxing one day, and afterward I tried a class with Francisco and it was really nice. After some time, we opened a gym and I helped him and my dad with reception and cleaning,” she recalled, via UFC.com. “One day we decided to compete at a jiu-jitsu tournament, and me and Irene Aldana won first place, and it was a national tournament. After that, I felt amazing and realized I wanted to feel that again by being on the podium. December 2012 was my first MMA fight and I won, and since that day I am always training.”
Grasso won a belt in an Xtreme Kombat Grand Prix and won the national white/blue belt 2x nogi and other regional tournaments.
Training out of Lobo Gym, Grasso is teammates with fellow UFC fighter Irene Aldana.
Next up for the rising star is a meeting with TUF 23 winner Tatiana Suarez in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, May 19.