Friday, June 07, 2019

After dealing with back-to-back serious injuries, Alexa Grasso fights for the first time in more than a year this Saturday, at Chicago’s UFC 238. The Mexican strawweight was upfront about the challenges of being away for so long, but also detailed how she used the time to grow.

“My mind matured,” she told me Thursday afternoon. “There was a time, after I got injured the second time, when I wondered if I should keep going. You get frustrated. You can’t do what you love, training, fighting. Then I quickly realized that of course, I need to keep going. I told myself, ‘come on, girl!’”

Grasso decided that she wasn’t satisfied with merely establishing herself as a global title contender and stopping at a young age. So, the 25-year-old rededicated herself, even while injured and unable to train, and now she’s got a big fight Saturday against former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-4).

“I worked so hard to get to the UFC. Most people don’t ever get here. I didn’t come here just to be here. I came here to win,” Grasso continued.

After going so long without being able to train and compete, Grasso says she sees and feels everything through a different, more appreciative lens. There’s plenty of pressure on fighters’ shoulders but now Grasso insists that all she feels is joy and excitement.

“I already feel so different,” she ended. “I enjoy everything, every moment – the training, the weight cut, being here in Chicago, everything. I’m so happy to be here, to be back, and I’m going to enjoy Saturday night.”

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Elias Cepeda writes a regular column for The UG Feed; you can find Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda.

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