The UFC ladies’ flyweight competitor has been pulled from UFC 270 after the withdrawal of her adversary, Viviane Araujo, an individual with information on the change told MMA Junkie on Saturday. UFC 270 happens Jan. 22 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Brazil’s Araujo (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) took out recently because of injury, which originally was accounted for by ESPN Deportes. It’s obscure on the off chance that the UFC plans to keep the matchup and reschedule for a future date or then again if Grasso (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will get another rival on a forthcoming card.
Grasso most as of late battled in February 2021 and outpointed Maycee Barber in a consistent choice at UFC 258. She was booked to return in November against Joanne Calderwood, yet a physical issue stopped her return. Grasso is on a two-battle series of wins since climbing to the flyweight division in 2020.
The UFC flyweight competitor wants to be champion, however needs to ensure she’s not surging or compromising en route to the top. Grasso (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) climbed to the flyweight division in August 2020 – a weight class that has been overwhelmed by champion Valentina Shevchenko for most of its reality.
Shevchenko has five back to back title safeguards and has effectively beaten the greater part of the top challengers in the division. Furthermore despite the fact that Grasso needs to have a turn the champ, the Mexican contender needs to ensure she’s not stepping in against Shevchenko rashly.
“I don’t actually have the foggiest idea (when I’ll be battling for a belt), and like you said, things move quick in the division,” Grasso told MMA fight Junkie in Spanish. “You can have two battles and in the following battle be battling for the belt.
“In any case, look, it’s another division for me. I realize that I really want more insight to battle Valentina on the grounds that she has a huge load of battles added to her repertoire. I certainly need to battle a lot more occasions and the more I battle the more experience I will have when I get to the top.
“I would rather not be only a challenger, I really need the belt. I need to battle for the belt, win it, and become a Mexican hero. I most certainly need more insight, however the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually. The experience and how I win battles will ultimately give me the pass to battle for the belt.”
Grasso is centered around the belt, yet knows there’s work to be done before then, at that point. The 27-year-old isn’t sure when she’ll get back to the octagon, yet one thing she is sure of is not really settled to clean her game in her journey to turn into the best warrior at 125 pounds.
“I don’t have the foggiest idea (when I’ll return), however I’m continually preparing,” Grasso said. “This moment I’m preparing a great deal of jiu-jitsu with my mentor Diego Lopes. I believe it’s one of the areas that I’m totally centered around. I need to show that I’m actually advancing. Like in my last two battles I had the option to bring down, control and I’m simply so close from getting an accommodation.
“So the present moment I’m centered around that. I need to be the one that brings down, the one that submits. I likewise need to be the one undermining starting from the earliest stage. That is the thing that I’m zeroing in on the present moment. I don’t have the foggiest idea when I’ll return. I haven’t gotten a call from the UFC or anything. My concentrate right currently is my wrestling and jiu-jitsu which is the thing that I work on regular.”
Grasso is two battles in her endeavor at 125 pounds. She won her flyweight debut in August 2020 overcoming Ji Yeon Kim, and afterward followed up the presentation with a predominant choice success over Maycee Barber in February.
The Lobo Gym item feels the change to flyweight was genuinely necessary.
“I feel extraordinary in the weight class, I feel solid,” Grasso clarified. “I generally had the fortune to have prepared with contenders who are a lot greater than me, so it’s aided me. The last two battles I felt mind blowing. My solidarity, my cardio, my speed are still there. Since once in a while that occurs, I feel like many individuals dread that when they climb a division they’ll lose the speed. However, I feel I’ve kept a similar speed, yet added far more power.”