Alexa Grasso Will Move Up To Flyweight After Missing Weight

Alexa Grasso Weighs In Before Fight With Carla Esparza

Image source: Alexa Grasso Instagram (@alexa_grasso)

Mexican strawweight Alexa Grasso missed weight at yesterday’s weigh-ins by 5.5lbs causing her bout with Claudia Gadelha to be cancelled.

Grasso has now missed the strawweight limit twice in her UFC career and has made the decision to jump up to the 125lb weight class and start a new journey there. Grasso confirmed the news in a lengthy social media post that included her reasons for missing weight as well as a heartfelt apology to Claudia Gadelha.

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I want to apologize to Claudia Gadelha and the UFC I know this is a fight all were waiting a lot, including me. I trained very much for this and I did everything to lose those pounds. The commission did not allow our combat although my opponent and I agreed with the sanction this implied for me. The doctors did not allow me to compete. You don’t know how difficult it has been lately to keep me in this weigh class. It was not a lack of discipline because even if I do not have a fight I’m ALWAYS on diet. I turned 26 and my body is not the same, I am growing and I am in this biological process where my metabolism is changing. I have lived in recent years to the limit of what a body needs to be healthy, and yet I have always fulfilled my obligations. Let's not talk about a flu or if my period is crossed because that added to the diet had made the weigh cuts a real suffering. I never complain or tell these things because I am not that kind of person and I always show you my best attitude. My team and I have decided that the smartest and healthiest thing to do is to be in other weigh class. With all the respect that it deserves and of course pain in my heart I say goodbye to the strawweight division 115 LB This year has a different goal for me and I officially move to Flyweight 125 LB I know that at this weight I will be healthier and stronger giving my body all the nutrients it needs. Thanks to all the people who support me, my Lobo team and my coaches who are with me every day and know that what I do is completely a commitment to my sport and my career. I start a new stage in my life!

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UFC President, Dana White, also touched on the issue at a pre-fight media scrum and believes the cause of the issue could be extra strength work in training camp leading to an increase in muscle mass.

“There’s nobody nicer than Alexa Grasso, she’s one of the sweetest human beings on the planet. Something must have gone wrong and, I’m no expert in weight cutting or any of that stuff, but if you look at Alexa Grasso, she’s a lot more muscular than she used to be. It looks like she’s been doing a lot of strength and conditioning work and, I don’t this for a fact, I’m just saying, I bet she had a hard time cutting weight because of the extra muscle that she’s put on.

That’s a kid that’s doing all the right things, not doing the wrong things. Something just went wrong and I feel really bad for her.”

White was then asked if the fight between the two would be rescheduled but confirmed that Grasso will be moving up a weight class

“No, She’s going to move up to 125. She let us know she’s going to 125.”

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