Alexa Grasso defeats Viviane Araujo at UFC Vegas 62

Daniel Cunningham
Mar 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, UNITED STATES; Alexa Grasso (blue gloves) reacts to defeating Joanne Wood (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In the headliner of UFC Vegas 62, we saw a pivotal women’s flyweight battle with potential title implications. Fifth ranked Alexa Grasso (14-3) took on sixth ranked Viviane Araujo (11-3).

Given the lack of fresh challengers for Valentina Shevchenko, Grasso and Araujo were fighting for a potential title shot this evening. For Grasso, she was looking to stay perfect since moving to the flyweight division.

Viviane Araujo had only suffered two losses in the UFC. Both of those losses came against former title challengers. This evening, she was looking to show that she belongs at the top of the division.

UFC Vegas 62 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 62 headliner kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Araujo takes the center and Grasso stays light on her toes on the outside. Jab to the body from Grasso and then she lands a nice combination. Araujo upping the pressure to counter.

Nice jab lands for Araujo. Slick 1-2 from Grasso. Left hook to the body now for Grasso. Leg kick from Araujo and she follows with a jab. Power jab from Grasso snaps the head back of Araujo. Araujo steps forward and these two trade big shots.

Lead left lands for Grasso. Left hook now for Araujo. Right straight for Araujo now and Grasso counters. Big low kick from Grasso. Now a lead left for Grasso and Araujo shoots for a takedown. Grasso easily stuffs it and they are back to striking.

Both land good shots, but a stiff jab on the exit backs up Araujo. Now it’s Araujo lands a big left. Power low kick from Grasso and a left hook. Now a big leg kick from Araujo. Two straight power jabs from Grasso. Brief takedown from Araujo but Grasso is right back up.

Nice knees in the clinch from Grasso. The round comes to a close and it’s a really close one at UFC Vegas 62.

Round 2

Entering the second and that first could have gone either way. Both meet right in the center to start the second. Big shots from Grasso get things going. They trade right hands and Grasso lands a high kick. Body kick now from Araujo.

Huge left from Grasso as Araujo starts pressuring. Good shots landing now from Grasso. Araujo still on the pressure but is a step behind right now. Right hand from Araujo but it’s countered with a flush 1-2 from Grasso. Body kick from Grasso.

Araujo floats a shot and Grasso counters with a vicious combination. Two big hooks to the body land for Araujo and then she lands a takedown. Araujo moves right into side control. Grasso looking to force a scramble but Araujo is doing a good job of controlling here.

Nice knees on the ground from Araujo. Grasso continues looking for an escape but Araujo is staying heavy on the chest pressure. Grasso explodes and gets back to her feet. Immediately throwing heat is Grasso who can still take this round.

Huge 1-2 lands for Grasso and now an uppercut. Jab from Grasso. Two right hands now from Grasso. Jab from Grasso and she’s really opening up here. Lead left and a big right straight from Grasso. Another powerful 1-2 from Grasso. Despite the takedown, it’s Grasso’s round at UFC Vegas 62.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC Vegas 62 and I personally have it 2-0 Grasso, but it’s close. They touch gloves and here we go. Araujo tries landing a power combo but Grasso evades. Both ladies trade jabs in the center.

Double jab from Grasso and then Araujo lands a body shot. Left hook from Grasso and she lands a big shot to the body. Araujo is throwing heat right back but she’s a bit out of range at the moment. Low kick from Araujo lands.

Both ladies land stiff jabs. Two lead lefts land from Grasso. Nice jab from Araujo and she’s upping her pressure here. Left hook to the body from Grasso and Araujo marches forward. Big combos from both fighters.

Big overhand right lands for Grasso. Another trade of jabs in the center. Beautiful jab from Araujo gets Grasso off-balance. Big right straight now from Grasso. Huge 1-2 from Grasso. Leg kick and another big right from Grasso. Araujo lands a right of her own and Grasso lands a big left. Another close round, but I think Grasso took it with the end. 3-0 Grasso at UFC Vegas 62.

Round 4

This main event at UFC Vegas 62 is really close, but I think Grasso is ahead at the moment. Head kick from Grasso starts the striking and Araujo answers with couple of big shots. Two big jabs from Grasso. They trade jabs.

Low kick from Araujo and Grasso lands a left hook. Low kick and a big combination up top from Grasso. They trade jabs again. Front kick up the middle from Araujo. They both trade big shots in the center. Right cross from Araujo.

Big lead left from Grasso. Another big left from Grasso. 1-2 now from Araujo and Grasso lands a big right. Grasso steps forward with a big combination. Head kick and right straight from Araujo lands. Clean right hand lands for Alexa Grasso.

Right hand snaps Araujo’s head back. Araujo is staying on the pressure but now she’s missing a bit. Right straight from Grasso. Low kick and a combination from Grasso. Araujo tries for a takedown but Grasso’s defending well for now. Big knees from Grasso in the clinch. Round comes to a close and it’s another close one at UFC Vegas 62.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 62 and this could be anyone’s fight. I think Araujo needs a finish, but who knows at this point. Grasso pushes forward immediately to start the final frame. Lots of feints from Grasso here to start.

Big right hand lands for Grasso and Araujo counters. Two good right hands from Grasso and now a combination. Araujo is holding the center. Huge right hand from Grasso and Araujo immediately tries shooting for a takedown.

Grasso is defending well, but Araujo is controlling along the cage. A buck from Grasso and she separates. Big jab from Grasso and a low kick. Now a 1-2 from Grasso. Lead left hook from Grasso and a right hand. Both ladies trade big jabs and Grasso circles.

They trade low kicks but Araujo’s had a little more heat on it. Right hand from Grasso and Araujo looks for a combination. Double jab from Grasso and Araujo continues pressuring. Takedown attempt from Araujo is easily defended.

Another takedown attempt from Araujo is shrugged off by Grasso. Araujo is throwing a lot but isn’t landing. Huge right hand on a blitz from Grasso. The round comes to a close and I think Grasso takes that round as well. It’ll be close, but I think Grasso takes it at UFC Vegas 62.

Alexa Grasso def. Viviane Araujo by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)