UFC 177: Veteran Women’s Fighter Baszler Makes UFC Debut


photo by Esther Lin

photo by Esther Lin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC 177 will see the UFC debut fight for Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-8) as she takes on No. 10 women’s bantamweight contender Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (8-0) in Sacramento on Saturday. The fight veteran makes her debut in a sport that she has been a pioneer in helping bring to national prominence.

“There’s a grittiness to us old vets. We were fighting when the prize was gas money. I think in some ways, it’s a badge of honor. How many of these girls that were on the (TUF 18) show would be fighting if that’s what it was. And that was the top of what is was,” said Baszler describing where women’s mixed martial arts fighting has come from, “We were the main event in a barn at the State Fairgrounds, and hopefully the police wouldn’t come in and shut the thing down because of this crazy underground fighting. That was the goal.”

Baszler teamed up with women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (10-0), Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (3-2), and Marina Shafir to form what is hailed as “The Four Horsewomen” as a take-off from the famous wrestling group from the 80’s.

However, her opponent has taken on the mission of taking down “The Four Horsewomen” one-by-one until she has the title and indicated as much by holding up four fingers and then pulling one back after her dominant defeat of Duke at UFC 172.

“It’s a good fight for both of us. She is undefeated,” said “The Queen”, “She’s pulled the upset on her last couple of wins against Kedzie and Jess, and I think she’s coming in with some good momentum.”

Third time is a charm for Baszler who missed her first opportunity at a UFC debut fight due to an injury in April and then missed her second chance when the entire August 2nd fight card was cancelled earlier this summer.

Baszler battles Corriea on the main card of UFC 177 in Sacramento on Saturday night.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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