Here is a look at the custom championship belt for UFC Noche designed by Jacobo and María Ángeles.
The detail on it is very intricate. pic.twitter.com/K4Fb9vOqKL
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 13, 2023
UFC champion Alexa Grasso is set to defend her women’s flyweight title this weekend, Saturday, September 16, at Noche UFC at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It is the inaugural Noche UFC which is being held to honor UFC fans and fighters from Mexican communities on Mexican Independence Day.
Grasso (16-3) will be defending her title against former champ Valentina Shevchenko (23-4), who she defeated via fourth-round submission at UFC 284 in March.
Ahead of the event, Grasso was presented with a custom belt for the event.
— Amy Kaplan (@PhotoAmy33) September 13, 2023
Here is another angle of the belt.
— MMA Mania (@mmamania) September 13, 2023
This is a reminder of how incredible it is when the UFC allows individuality. Back when fighters could wear their own kits and have their own sponsors, they were able to set themselves apart from their peers.
And with custom belts that pay homage to their nationality and heritage, it brings a more personal touch to the sport.
Let’s hope things like these can happen more often.
Along with the special belt, the UFC is rolling out all of the stops for the inaugural Noche UFC event including an athlete panel on Thursday, September 14, which will be free and open to the public. Alexa Grasso, Valentina Shevchenko, Raul Rosas Jr., Daniel Zellhuber, and Tracy Cortez will be participants.
On fight day, the first Noche UFC Fan Experience will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET where fans can “check out the UFC Champion Tunnel, take a selfie with the UFC Legacy Championship Belt, face-off with your favorite fighter at the UFC Fighter Face-off, and pick up official UFC gear at the UFC Store trailer.”
There will also be select autograph signings and meet-and-greets throughout the Fan Experience.
Noche UFC is set to kick off with the preliminary card at 4:00 p.m. ET, while the main card begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. The entire event will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Additional information on Noche UFC can be seen below.
Noche UFC: Fight Time & Viewing Details
Event: Noche UFC: Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Main Card Card Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
‘Noche UFC’ Fight Card
Main Card (10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
- Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko; Women’s flyweight title
- Kevin Holland vs. Jack Della Maddalena: Welterweight
- Paul Rosas Jr. vs. Terrence Mitchell; Bantamweight
- Daniel Zellhuber vs. Christos Giagos; Lightweight
- Fernando Padilla vs. Kyle Nelson; Featherweight
Prelims (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
- Loopy Godinez vs. Elise Reeds; Strawweight
- Roman Kopylov vs. Josh Fremo; Middleweight
- Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda; Flyweight
- Tracy Cortez vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius; Flyweight
- Natan Levy vs. Alex Reyes; Lightweight
- Josefine Knutsson vs. Marnic Mann; Strawweight
*Fight card subject to change