The MMA world knows Alexa Grasso as a Mexican fighter, and the rising UFC star feels immense pride representing her home state of Jalisco.
While Jalisco is best known for giving us Tequila, mariachi music, boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Ferrari’s Formula 1 driver Sergio “Checo” Perez, Grasso is intent on making a name for herself among the legends.
Grasso has a long road ahead to join that list, but at age 23, she’s in no hurry.
“I’m still far (away) to think about the belt,” Grasso said. “First I’m going for the Top 10, and from there I’ll go up.”
Those from Jalisco identify with Grasso’s embrace of bravery and pride, qualities that are evident in her fighting style and in her words.
Her heritage, Grasso says, pushes her in every way.
“It is important. Being from Jalisco motivates me to be better, to do things better, to work hard, to be disciplined, to eat better,” said Grasso, who gladly accepts such responsibility. Continue reading