UFC: Alexa Grasso retains flyweight title with draw in Valentina Shevchenko rematch

Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko in action during their UFC flyweight bout
Shevchenko (left) said she broke her thumb in the first round against Grasso

UFC flyweight champion Alexa Grasso retained her title with a draw in a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko.

Grasso became Mexico's first female UFC champion when she beat the Kyrgyzstan-born fighter in March to win her title.

Shevchenko was dropped with a right hand in the second of five rounds in Las Vegas before she bounced back with good work in the third.

Both fighters were awarded a 48-47 win by one judge apiece, while the other scored it a draw.

"I'm super happy," said Grasso, 30. "I knew this was going to be a war.

"I knew that she was coming different to before but I was prepared for that. I was prepared for everything.

"I did everything I had to do, that's what I'm taking from this fight. I did a nice knockdown and almost finished her again."

Shevchenko, 35, said she broke her thumb in the first round and, while she continued, it "affected her performance a little bit".

However, she was "upset" as she felt she had won the fight as "from five rounds, three rounds were on my side".

She added: "It was a little bit like pressure on the judges because it is Mexican independence day."