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The Andrews Report – Alexa Grasso impresses in her UFC Fight Night 98 debut

Hometown hero Alexa Grasso (10-0-0) made an impressive debut last night at Mexico City’s UFC Fight Night 98.

The 23-year-old Invicta standout was poised, and calculated, starting off cautiously and working through the tough Heather Jo Clark’s (7-6-0) clinching and power strikes.

Grasso used strikes and the odd kick to the body to inflict much of her damage, bloodying Jo Clark’s nose in the second and third frames.

She even picked Jo Clark up and slammed her to the ground. About the only thing missing was the finish. I am still concerned  about Grasso’s power and the ability to finish opponents as she moves up the UFC strawweight ladder. But right now, congratulations on a great debut.

Tough luck for Heather Jo Clark. She tried to stand with Grasso, tried clinching and getting the fight to the ground. Nothing really worked. She did land some power shots, but Grasso took them well.

She’s not quite on the bubble yet, but she’s 1-2-0 in the UFC.  The 36-year-old Jo Clark knows an impressive is win is needed to stay relevant in the division.

At Friday’s Bellator 163, flyweight Hannah Regina (1-0-0) earned a good first round armbar submission win over Sarah Payant (1-4-0).

In case you’re reading this on a Monday …

Defending 21-year-old Olympic champion Clarissa Shields will be making her professional boxing debut on the Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward card Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.

Shields will face Franchon Crews, a 15-time amateur champion and two-time Olympic alternate (2012 and 2016). Crews has a nice sense of humour as her Twitter account shows.

This was a nice reel Bellator put together on Marloes Coenen.


Megumi Fujii – @MegaMeguCat

ClaressaT-RexShields – @ClaressaShields

Franchon Crews – @TheHHDiva

See you after UFC 205!


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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