Mexican Strawweight Alexa Grasso brings her devastating knockout power to the Invicta FC cage September 6th, when she duels with Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC 8.
Corey Smith: What brought about your interest in Martial Arts? What did you first study?
Alexa Grasso: My uncle is a fighter, so I watched him training and he motivated me. I first started learning Muay Thai.
CS: MMA in Mexico appears to be gaining in popularity. How would you describe the MMA community in Mexico?
AG: The MMA community in Mexico is huge, we have many great academies, great promotions, and we support and are always on the lookout for all those fighters who go on to the big leagues. It gives us pride!
AG: Also many Mexicans are starting to know more about the sport, and I think that the new TUF LATIN AMERICA program is a great step in Mexico.
CS: You possess rare knockout power for a Strawweight. How much do you depend upon that, and are you ready to showcase other areas of your skill set?
AG: In my last fights I have been able to finish that way, but I don’t only depend on that, I am ready to show all my skills.
CS: This will be your first bout outside of Mexico. Do you believe fighting in a new country will add any stress to your routines?
AG: I know this will be something really new for me, but to be honest, I have been dreaming to fight in Invicta FC since the very first time I saw videos about the league, so I will leave my heart in the cage that day.
CS: This will also mark your Invicta FC debut. How has your experience been with the company so far?
AG: I feel so proud and thankful to be part of Invicta, like I said before, this is my dream and I will be doing my best to fulfill it.
CS: Your opponent on September 6th, Ashley Cummins, will be fighting very close to her hometown. What are you expecting out of yourself and your opponent in the bout?
AG: We looked forward to this day so it will be an amazing night. We will both give you the best of us.
CS: What is your mood on fight night? Do you have any routines or superstitions that you have to perform?
AG: I do not have any rituals, I just like listening to music, warming up and reminding myself how much I worked to achieve my goal.
CS: Who generally accompanies you to the cage? What type of feedback and coaching do you prefer from your corners?
AG: My uncle, my dad and an awesome friend, cause they are my trainers. I love when they say to enjoy the fight and how long we have been waiting for this day!
CS: Aside from fight preparation, how much MMA do you watch purely for enjoyment?
AG: I like watching MMA fights and Jiu Jitsu tournaments some weekends, or if Ronda Rousey will be fighting.
CS: Outside of the gym and MMA, what types of activities do you enjoy for fun? What helps you to relax?
AG: Outside MMA, I study, so I like to do my homework or reading. And if I have some free time I like to watch funny movies or have a walk in my lovely city.
CS: Lastly, MMA takes a team to succeed alone inside the cage. Who would you like to thank?
AG: I am very, very thankful first to Francisco Grasso, Luis Grasso and Tito Castro, and all my LOBO GYM and SAMURAI FC teammates because without them I wouldn’t be who I am now.
AG: Thanks to my sponsors who have been taking care of my health every day, and everyone who have helped me in this awesome trip!
Invicta FC 8 takes place September 6th live from the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The full card will air live via UFC Fight Pass. Click below for tickets, or to subscribe to UFC FightPass.