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UFC Vegas 8: Grasso vs Kim: Glory Awaits

Alexa Grasso vs Ji Yeon “Fire Fist” Kim is finally going down at UFC Vegas 8! These two were originally scheduled to face off on June 27th, but due to travel restrictions, the bout was rescheduled for August 29th. This will be Grasso’s debut at flyweight after she made the decision to move up from strawweight earlier this year. Kim will be making her first fight since she beat Nadia Kassem by KO at UFC 243 in 2019. Which fighter will walk away with their first victory of 2020 on Saturday?!

Tale of the Tape

Alexa Grasso vs Ji Yeon Kim
11-3 MMA Record 9-2-2
27 Age 30
125 Weight 125 pounds
5’5″ Height 5’7″
72 inches Reach 66 inches

Alexa Grasso’s History

Alexa Grasso punches Carla Esparza.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 21: (R-L) Alexa Grasso of Mexico punches Carla Esparza in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event on September 21, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Grasso enjoyed a very successful MMA career prior to joining the UFC. She began her career fighting in Mexico and quickly caught the eyes of Invicta FC after winning four straight fights. She followed that up with four more consecutive wins, culminating in headlining her own Invicta FC card. After eight wins in a row to start her career, Grasso was signed to the UFC in 2016.

Grasso’s debut took place in her native Mexico and she won by unanimous decision over Heather Clark. She followed that up with a unanimous decision loss to Felice Herrig. Next, she defeated Randa Markos by split decision. After that, she lost to Tatiana Suarez by rear naked choke. Grasso then defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision before losing to Carla Esparza by majority decision in her last fight. Can Grasso return to her winning ways against Ji Yeon Kim?

Ji Yeon Kim’s History

Ji Yeon Kim Punches Nadia Kassem.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Ji Yeon Kim of South Korea punches Nadia Kassem of Australia in their flyweight fight during the UFC 243 event at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kim had an interesting start to her MMA career. Her first two MMA fights resulted in draws. She followed that up with six straight wins before making her UFC debut in 2017. Kim’s UFC debut definitely did not go as she hoped, as she lost by unanimous decision to Lucie Pudilová. Since then, she followed that loss up with three wins in her last four fights inside the UFC.

Kim defeated Justine Kish and Melinda Fábián by split decision before losing to Antonina Shevchenko by unanimous decision. As previously mentioned, in her most recent fight in the UFC, Kim defeated Nadia Kassem in the second round, moments before the bell rang. She hit Kassem with a barrage of shots, culminating in a few hard shots to the body that caused Kassem to crumble to the ground. Can “Fire Fist” follow up that impressive performance with another one against Alexa Grasso?

Grasso vs Kim Prediction

There are a lot of similarities between these two fighters. These two are experienced strikers that can end this fight on the feet at any point. They both have enjoyed an up and down UFC career thus far and will be looking to make a statement with a big win. In addition to that, both have had issues making weight in the past. This is especially true for Grasso, as her most recent weight mishap was the catalyst for her decision to move up to flyweight. If this fight stays on the feet, this one could go either way. However, I think this fight will end on the ground, where Kim has a big advantage.

Grasso vs Kim Result: Ji Yeon Kim defeats Alexa Grasso by armbar in the third round.

Ji Yeon Kim getting her hand raised. Grasso vs Kim

Kim shows off her purple belt in BJJ and gets the win by armbar in the third round. I think both women will put up a very impressive performance. Grasso will hold her own for most of the fight, even winning the first round by keeping the fight standing. However, in the second round is when Kim will start to take over. She gets a takedown early and smothers Grasso for most of the second round. In the third round, Kim comes out fast and gets Grasso down quickly. She gets to work and sets up the armbar flawlessly. Within seconds, Grasso is tapping and Kim is getting her hand raised, victorious once again.

Don’t think this is how the fight will go down?! Let us know your prediction for Alexa Grasso vs Ji Yeon Kim in the comments below!

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