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UFC FN 114: Alexa Grasso Says She’s a “New Athlete And Person” Following First Defeat

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC Fight Night Mexico City

When Alexa Grasso takes on Randa Markos tonight at UFC Fight Night 114, the strawweight says a new and improved fighter will be stepping into the Octagon.

Grasso and Markos will be competing in the card’s co-main event, which will be hosted by the Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The bout will mark the first time Grasso has fought, since she dropped a decision loss to veteran Felice Herrig in February.

Heading into that fight, Grasso was coming off a decision win over Heather Clark, in what was the 23 year-old’s UF debut. That win had moved Grasso’s record to 9-0, so understandably, there was a lot of buzz behind the Mexican fighter.

Well, recently Grasso spoke to MMA Fighting, and she had this to say while reflecting on her loss to Herrig:

“It was a very big fight, against a big name opponent, and I was fighting in the co-main event,” Grasso said. “And I don’t know, I took it as if it were this super gigantic thing, when I only had to train and enjoy it, which I didn’t. I was just like, ‘I have to win, I have to win, I have to win, and I have to train more, more, more,’ so everything that I did and trained for, I wasn’t able to do it in the fight.”

“It hurts, obviously,” Grasso added. “At first, it hurts a lot, but well, that’s something that you have to go through. All the greatest athletes have lost at some point. But I’m just taking it the best way possible, learning from my mistakes that I won’t be making again, and seeing what I need to improve on. I think obviously that losing is bad, but I see it as something good. I think I went through a stage that I needed to go through and it helped me mature a lot, and believe me, I’m a new athlete and person.”

No fighter likes to lose, as Grasso alluded to, but like so many athletes have also noted, you learn much more from your defeats than your victories.

Now it will be interesting to see how Grasso looks tonight against Markos, who is rankde #9 in 115 division. It should be noted that Grasso came in three pounds overweight for the contest, so, it remains to be seen if that foretells a poor performance or not.

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