Alexa Grasso

For Alexa Grasso, the decision by the Nevada Athletic Commission to not allow her to compete at UFC 246 has resulted in a career move.

Grasso came in overweight for her planned bout with Claudia Gadelha this past Saturday night. And even though both fighters agreed to meet at a catchweight, the bout was scrapped.

Now, Grasso has released a statement detailing her issues with making weight and decision to try her hand at flyweight.

“I want to apologize to Claudia Gadelha and the UFC,” she wrote on Instagram. “I know this is a fight all were waiting a lot, including me. I trained very much for this and I did everything to lose those pounds.

“The commission did not allow our combat although my opponent and I agreed with the sanction this implied for me. The doctors did not allow me to compete. You don’t know how difficult it has been lately to keep me in this weigh class. It was not a lack of discipline because even if I do not have a fight I’m ALWAYS on diet.

“I turned 26 and my body is not the same, I am growing and I am in this biological process where my metabolism is changing. I have lived in recent years to the limit of what a body needs to be healthy, and yet I have always fulfilled my obligations.
Let’s not talk about a flu or if my period is crossed because that added to the diet had made the weigh cuts a real suffering.

“I never complain or tell these things because I am not that kind of person and I always show you my best attitude. My team and I have decided that the smartest and healthiest thing to do is to be in other weigh class. With all the respect that it deserves and of course pain in my heart I say goodbye to the strawweight division 115 LB.

“This year has a different goal for me and I officially move to Flyweight 125 LB
I know that at this weight I will be healthier and stronger giving my body all the nutrients it needs. Thanks to all the people who support me, my Lobo team and my coaches who are with me every day and know that what I do is completely a commitment to my sport and my career.

“I start a new stage in my life!”

The 26-year-old Grasso is 11-3 in her career and 3-3 with the UFC.

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