Welcome to CagedInsider’s liveblog coverage of the TUF Latin America 3 Finale, which, since it’s an off-brand of TUF you nor I ever watched, could feature a bout between a burrito and a chalupa. Who knows. What I do know is this main card is insane, with former champ Rafael dos Anjos taking on TUF winner Tony Ferguson, Bellator stud Marcin Held taking on Diego Sanchez, and more.
First up on the main card is Invicta FC star Alexa Grasso making her UFC debut against human punching bag Heather Jo Clark.
Clark starts out using her lanky limbs and range advantage to keep Grasso at distance, and it works for all of about two and a half minutes. Then Clark ducks her head to go for a takedown, eats a kick, and is stunned enough for Grasso to simply batter the hell out of her with a storm of fists, kicks and knees. With her usual toughness, Clark survives the thunder, and though bloody and hurt, the rallies enough to push her foe against the cage and try to give some payback. She’s a wreck, though.
In between rounds Clark tells her coach she can’t see, but he makes her fight anyway, and she goes out and slows Grasso down with tie-ups and constant pressure against the cage. Oddly enough, it works, and while Grasso finally makes some space after three and a half minutes, it only results in Clark tying her up again and then throwing her to the canvas with a sacrifice throw. They scramble back up in the waning seconds, but hey, Clark’s still alive.
Round 3 is pretty much all Grasso, who shucks off Clark’s takedown- and tie-up attempts, unloads with combos that turn her opponent into a bloody mess, and in the final sequence of the bout, hoists Clark up and throws her down. Clark is her usual resilient self, but she’s got nothing but survival instinct in her favor, and the sound of the horn is a mercy.
Result: Alexa Grasso def. Heather Jo Clark via Unanimous Decision