Saturday, February 08, 2014
Shayna Baszler vs Sarah Kaufman added to Apr. 16 UFC show
The UFC announced today that Shayna Baszler vs Sarah Kaufman has been added to TUF Nations Finale Apr. 16 in Quebec City. These two previously fought on a June 2009 Strikeforce show. Sarah won by unanimous decision. I just watched that fight and I think Sarah was a more aggressive fighter back then. Maybe she should stop thinking too much about what she is going to do and just do it. Early in her career, Sarah won a lot of her fights by TKO. She hasn't knocked anyone out for a long time. Of course Shayna has been around for a long time. And in the 2009 fight, she had a lot of trouble trying to take Sarah down. I think Sarah's takedown defense is still effective so Shayna will have to figure that out. The two times Sarah was submitted, it was by Marloes Coenen and Ronda Rousey, two high level submission specialists. Shayna may be looking for redemption after underperforming in TUF 18. She was recovering from a foot injury and didn't appear on the finale. Shayna has been training at Ronda's camp in Los Angeles. So I will be interested to see if she has picked up any of the champ's little tricks. Who knows? Maybe she will break out her twister submission if she can take Sarah down. Here's the video of their first fight from June 2009. Enjoy!