full name: Karen Alexa Grasso Montes
fight name: N/A
residence: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
weight division: women’s flyweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 16-3
Karen Alexa Grasso Montes is a Mexican professional mixed martial artist. She is 5’5″ tall.
Grasso was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
When Grasso made her professional MMA debut in 2012, she started competing in the strawweight division. In 2020, she moved to flyweight.
Currently, Grasso is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:
- In 2010, she started training at Lobo Gym in Guadalajara. Her coaches are her father Luis Grasso and her uncle Francisco Grasso.
- On December 19, 2012, she made her professional MMA debut at “GEX: Old Jack’s Fight Night” in Jalisco where she knocked out Sandra del Rincon via punch.
- On May 11, 2013, she knocked out Lupita Hernandez via punch at “Fight Hard Championship 3” in Jalisco.
- She defeated Alejandra Alvarez and Karina Rodriguez at “Xtreme Kombat 20” in Izcalli, Mexico on August 31, 2014, Ashley Cummins at “Invicta FC 8” in Kansas City, Missouri, United States on September 6, 2014 and Alida Gray at “Invicta FC 10” in Houston, Texas, USA o December 5, 2014.
- On February 27, 2015, she defeated Mizuki Inoue via unanimous decision at “Invicta FC 11” in Los Angeles, California, USA.
- She defeated Jodie Esquibel at “Invicta FC 18” in Kansas City on July 29, 2016 and Heather Jo Clark at “The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3” finale in Mexico City, Mexico on November 5, 2016 both via unanimous decision.
- On February 4, 2017, she made her UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 104” in Houston where she lost to Felice Herrig via unanimous decision. On August 5, 2017, he defeated Randa Markos via split decision at “UFC Fight Night 114” in Mexico City.
- On May 19, 2018, she was submitted by Tatiana Suarez via rear-naked choke at “UFC Fight Night 129” in Santiago, Chile.
- On June 8, 2019, she defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision at “UFC 238” in Chicago, Illinois, USA. On September 21, 2019, she lost to Carla Esparza via majority decision at “UFC Fight Night 159” in Mexico City.
- On August 29, 2020, she made her flyweight debut at “UFC Vegas 8” in Enterprise, Nevada where she defeated Kim Jiyeon via unanimous decision.
- On February 13, 2021, she defeated Maycee Barber via unanimous decision at “UFC 258” in Enterprise.
- On March 26, 2022, she submitted Joanne Wood via rear-naked choke at “UFC on ESPN 33” in Columbus, Ohio, USA. On October 15, 2022, she defeated Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 62” in Enterprise.
- On March 4, 2023, she became the new UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion by submitting then champion Valentina Shevchenko via face crank at “UFC 285” in Paradise, Nevada, which improved his professional MMA record to 16 wins and 3 losses. She is the first female UFC champion born in Mexico.
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