After winning the UFC flyweight world championship, Alexa Grasso has just received her BJJ brown belt to go along with it. She’s been steadily developing her skillset since she first started competing in professional MMA all the way back in 2012 and over a decade later, she’s reached the very peak of women’s flyweight division. It didn’t take long at all for Grasso to break through from the regional MMA circuit in her home-country of Mexico at strawweight, as she put together a perfect 4-0 record in less than two years and earned a chance to compete in the Invicta FC cage.
Grasso continued her dominance in the USA as well, winning another four fights in two years and signing a contract with the UFC to make her debut all the way back in Mexico. She was successful in her debut but alternated wins and losses in her first 6 fights for the promotion, struggling to find her footing in the world’s biggest MMA promotion. Everything changed in 2020 though, as Grasso moved up to flyweight instead and started to find more and more success in the cage.
She went on a four-fight winning streak that propelled her further up the rankings and earned the opportunity to challenge the division’s reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 285. Shevchenko hadn’t tasted defeat since moving back to flyweight in 2018 and was the longest-reigning UFC world champion at that time, so Grasso was a heavy underdog coming into the fight. She displayed some excellent jiu-jitsu though and managed to lock up a fight-ending face crank that forced Shevchenko to tap for the first time in her professional career. With the title around her waist after an excellent performance, Alexa Grasso was rewarded with a well-deserved BJJ brown belt.
Delta Martial Arts announced the news that UFC flyweight world champion Alexa Grasso had just been promoted to BJJ brown belt in a recent post to their official Instagram account: