Two UFC champs out with same injury at the same time

UFC champion Alexa Grasso has undergone surgery after her fight with Valentina Shevchenko at Noche UFC.

By: Kristen King | 2 months ago
Two UFC champs out with same injury at the same time
Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko fight to a split draw at Noche UFC | Credit: IMAGO/USA Today by Stephen Sylvanie.

Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko share something in common

UFC champs Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko are going to spend some time away from the Octagon after suffering similar injuries at Noche UFC this past September. Shortly after she failed to dethrone Grasso due to their fight ending in a split draw, Shevchenko revealed she was compromised.

“I broke my thumb in the first round, and it’s fractured now,” said Shevchenko during the Noche UFC post-fight press conference (video provided by MMA Junkie). “I felt it affecting my striking, but at the same time I felt, if I would stop, it’s going to be very frustrating for the whole fans for this night because they were waiting for this fight, they wanted to see this fight, and If I stopped in the first round and said, ‘I cannot continue.’ I felt it would be, again, against my own personal rules. That’s why I continued to fight with my whole heart. I think I did everything to secure the victory.”

The ex-UFC champion underwent surgery, which is expected to sideline her for several months. 

Grasso suffered hand fracture, just like Shevchenko

Nearly a month after the fight, Alexa Grasso revealed she was also compromised against Valentina Shevchenko. The current UFC champion shared a photo of herself after surgery, which she said was successful. 

“What are the odds, huh?,” captioned Grasso on an Instagram post. “During the fight I fractured my hand; we’re used to not letting pain stop us for anything, and even though it was hurting, I didn’t think it was anything serious until I tried to return to training and I realized that my hand was still really bad.

“The surgery was a success, many, many thanks to Doctor Arroyo and Doctor Zarate,” continued Grasso. “You guys are angels! I trust them completely with my health in their hands [SportMed Mexico] and I know that I will be MEGA ready for that trilogy.”

Though she did not give a timeline for her return, Grasso confirmed that she expects to fight Shevchenko for a third (and potentially) final time. 

Dana White says Grasso-Shevchenko trilogy is still next

Following the most recent episode of Contender Series, UFC CEO Dana White responded to the latest update from Alexa Grasso. Since he expects Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko to stay sidelined for a similar amount of time, White and co. are waiting for when they are healthy enough to schedule the trilogy. 

“They both have hand injuries, so it’s a let’s see what happens,” said White (video provided by MMA Junkie). “Traditionally, [with] those types of surgeries, in 6-8 weeks, they start figuring out where they’re at. We got time.”

Could always be worse ask Rose Namajunas

Last month former UFC women’s strawweight champ Rose Namajunas suffered a truly horrific hand injury.

As we reported at the time:

“Within the first few minutes of her fight against Manon Fiorot at UFC Paris this past Saturday, Rose Namajunas suffered a gruesome injury to one of her hands. UFC commentator John Gooden was the first to notice, saying, ‘there might be an issue’ with the pinky on her right hand. That was followed by Paul Felder, who also noticed it was ‘out of place’ and preventing the former UFC champion from closing it completely. 

“Once the first round came to a close, Namajunas went to her corner and confirmed the worst. “I think my finger broke,” said ‘Thug’ Rose to her cornermen. Determined to tough it out, Namajunas returned to the fight and went two more rounds with Fiorot, who she ultimately lost to via decision.”

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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