UFC president, Dana White has confirmed that former undisputed flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko will return to the Octagon in an immediate title re-run with newly-minted gold holder, Alexa Grasso next – with rumors suggesting a potential Mexico return for the promotion could be on the cards in September.

Shevchenko, who has enjoyed a dominant run throughout flyweight competition as the division’s undisputed champion, dropped her title in spectacular fashion in the co-main event of UFC 285 back in March, suffering a fourth round neck crank submission loss to Guadalajara challenger, Grasso.

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Noting her intentions to score an immediate championship rematch with Mexican favorite, Grasso before the close of the year in her return to the Octagon – Shevchenko also took umbrage with referring decisions from official, Jason Herzog during the co-main event title fight

Offering the Kyrgyzstan native the opportunity to challenge for flyweight gold in a targeted Mexico homecoming, Grasso may have that potential return home on the cards, with rumors suggesting the UFC is en route to a return to the country, as soon as September.

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Dana White confirms Valentina Shevchenko lands immediate title rematch

And according to UFC leader, White, a matchup of Grasso and Shevchenko will take place next, most definitely.

“We’re working on that [a fight between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko], too,” Dana White confirmed while speaking to assembled media following UFC Vegas 73. “That’s one of the fights we’re definitely working on right now.” 

Prior to her stunning submission loss, Shevchenko, a former bantamweight title challenger had landed a series of successful flyweight title knockbacks against Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian, Jennifer Maia, Jessica Andrade, Lauren Murphy, and Taila Santos. 

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Shevchenko landed vacant spoils in a one-sided decision victory over former undisputed strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk back in December 2018. 

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