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Mexico has been an implicit priority for the UFC in recent years. With its appetite for boxing unquestioned, theres a presumption that mixed martial arts will prove equally as pleasing to the palate.Former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (14-2), a Mexican-American, was trotted on media tours during and since his title reign. Flashy featherweight Yair Rodriguez (9-1), a 24-year-old born in Chihuahua, made his first two walks to the Octagon on Mexico-based pay-per-views.Joining that movement is strawweight Alexa Grasso (8-0), who will make her UFC debut when she opens the main card of UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson in Mexico City on Saturday.I feel proud of that, because Ive been training all my life here in Mexico, said Grasso, 23, a native of Guadalajara. I just want to show everybody that here we have all the resources.I couldnt imagine doing this in another country. Its going to be amazing. I feel all the good vibes of the people.Standing across from her will be veteran Heather Jo Clark (7-5), who has split two career UFC fights. The loss came to undefeated strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0).Clark, 36, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, but she didnt win her first pro fight until after turning 30.Grasso, conversely, began training under her uncle, a former pro boxer, in her early teens. That progressed into taking classes at his gym, which evolved into participating in -- and winning -- MMA tournaments. She made her pro debut at age 19, winning by knockout in 15 seconds. Her next pro fight five months later was also a knockout win. This time, she needed 12 seconds. Her last three bouts, all under the Invicta banner, each earned a postfight bonus.Everybody is expecting me to win. I expect it, too, said Grasso, nearly a 5-to-1 favorite Saturday. I know shes bigger than me. I know she has more experience than me. Shes a veteran. Shes really well-rounded. I have to be really careful in every area, because shes really dangerous.For Grasso, theres a freedom in even being able to compete. Torn shoulder tendons required surgery, and then a broken metacarpal kept her out of the cage for nearly 18 months from early 2015 until this summer. She had three fights canceled in Invicta, one of which was a title shot, but bookending that gap were decisive wins over heralded prospect Mizuki Inoue (12-4) and Jackson-Wink MMA disciple Jodie Esquibel (5-2).No one likes to be hurt and be unable to do what you like the most, Grasso said. Every fighter and every career athlete has these things happen. All of the injuries were at a perfect time and moment that made me mature as a fighter and as a person.Soft-spoken with violent hands, Grasso has the tools, if healthy, to be capable of carrying the flag of Mexican mixed martial arts. She seamlessly combines a tight jab with an array of kicks and knees, showing patience beyond her years to pick apart opponents.While tactful and calculated, she shows a willingness to engage and undeniable toughness that demands attention. For most casual fans -- or those who dont subscribe to Fight Pass -- Saturday will be an introduction to Grasso. For Mexican fans, it may feel like an overdue return.All four of her Invicta appearances came stateside, meaning this marks Grassos first fight in her home country since 2014. But for hard-core fans and especially locals, anticipation is mounting for the UFC debut of one of the most promising prospects in the division.I was really wishing and praying I could be in the UFC in Mexico, she said. But that was just a dream. It was unbelievable, because I wished it a lot and prayed over it, and then it was true.It think will be really emotional. Its the dream of every fighter. Im just going to enjoy it as much as I can. 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From filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes), The Price of Gold revisits the saga that rocked the figure skating world ahead of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games: the assault on Nancy Kerrigan, and the plot that led its way back to her rival Tonya Harding. THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams want Eric Dickerson to know hes welcome anytime on their sideline or just about anywhere else he wants to go.Rams COO Kevin Demoff tweeted reassurance at the Hall of Fame running back on Monday, shortly after Dickerson claimed he was no longer allowed on the sideline due to his criticism of the team.Coach Jeff Fisher doubled down during his weekly news conference, saying Dickerson is welcome to attend practice or sit in on team meetings with the Rams (4-7). Fisher had a warm phone conversation with Dickerson just last week, he said.I dont know where thats coming from with Eric, Fisher said. Hes always welcome. Hes welcome in the building. Id love to have him come in. Id love to have him come to practice. Id love to have him come into meetings. I mean, Eddie George has been in my meetings more than Eric Dickerson has. Id love to have him here.Dickerson made the claim on his radio show on KLAC-AM, saying he had been told by an unnamed Rams official that he makes the players uncoomfortable because of his criticism of the team.dddddddddddd Dickerson worked as a Rams broadcaster during the preseason, and he does a weekly 2-hour radio show largely about the relocated franchise, which has lost six of its last seven games to fall to 4-7.Demoff said he reached out to Dickerson to find out how any miscommunication could have occurred. The executive insisted Dickerson is a valued member of the Rams family.We all share his love for our team and our fans, Demoff tweeted.Dickerson played his first four-plus NFL seasons with the Rams, setting the NFLs single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards in 1984 while they played in Anaheim. 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