This Saturday, at UFC Mexico City, strawweight Heather Jo Clark will take on newcomer Alexa Grasso. Grasso has been with Invicta Fighting since 2014, and holds an undefeated record with eight wins in the last four years, with four of those coming by way of TKO.
Grasso is from Jalisco Mexico and trains with her father and uncle at Lobo Gym (translates to Wolf Gym) in Guadalajara. Francisco and Luis Grasso will be in Alexa’s corner next weekend in Mexico City, as well as her floor trainer, Tito Castro.
She has one Fight of the Night bonus, from her fight with Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 11, despite Cyborg vs Charmaine Tweet being on the same card and challenging that possibility. Grasso’s fight with Inoue also earned her the MMAFighting Fight of the Month.
Grasso has highly effective, composed striking skills. Her kicks are impressive. See her spinning back kick in round 1 of the Inoue fight. Although she’s 8-0, she’ll have a tough challenge taking on 36 year old veteran, Heather Jo Clark, who is seasoned, tough in the clinch, and when she fought Bec Rawlings in her UFC debut, she showed she’s almost impossible to knock out. Although she dominated that fight, she took quite a beating. It’s going to be hard for Grasso to knock her out.
In the end, I’m expecting Grasso to take this by decision. Once again, Clark is being set up as the sacrificial lamb to usher Grasso into the UFC, similar to what we saw against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Fight Night 87.