In the second card in as many weeks, the UFC returns to Houston for the first time since UFC 192 in October 2015. In the co-main event of the evening, veteran Felice Herrig squares off against the #12 ranked Strawweight, prospect Alexa Grasso.
Grasso is recognized as one of the top prospects in MMA and for good reason. After winning a national Jiu Jitsu tournament, she transitioned well into MMA, winning her first 3 fights via KO all in under a minute. After winning a Grand Prix to claim the Xtreme Combat belt in the fall of 2013, she was brought into Invicta. Whenever her level of competition stepped up, she did as well. She won all four of her Invicta bouts before receiving a UFC contract.
She made her UFC debut late last year against Heather Jo Clark. She outlanded Clark substantially, as Grasso landed 120 strikes while Clark only managed 74. While she seemed to not push the pace as much in the second and third rounds, she effectively shut down anything Clark had to offer, stuffing all four of her takedowns.
This Saturday, she faces a step up in competition in the form of Felice Herrig. Herrig is coming off of an impressive victory in which she submitted Kailin Curran in the first round. She has shown in the past she is very crafty with submissions, but is suspect in a stand up fight. That being Grasso's best tool thus far in her MMA career, she should look to keep it on the feet.
Another key to Grasso's success has been composure. She doesn't get too ahead of herself which helps keep her out of serious danger. Her patience in the cage has paid dividends thus far and should continue to do so. While her MMA career may be young, Grasso has the potential to be a star in the Strawweight division. Come Saturday, the world will see if the Mexican prospect is the real deal.
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