August 8, 1980 |
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
|Other names||The Queen of Spades, The Epitome of Awesomeness, The Submission Magician, The Savior of Entertainment|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Style||Catch Wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|Team||CSW, Next Edge Academy of Martial Arts|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBrown belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||MidAmerica Nazarene University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Shayna Baszler (born August 8, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist. She currently trains under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett. She has a record of 15 wins and 8 losses, with 14 wins coming by way of submission.
Baszler gained recognition for her pseudo-chicken wing submission that she has used to defeat many female fighters, including Roxanne Modafferi. In an audio interview with Jordan Breen on the Sherdog Radio Network, she dubbed the submission, which she created in training, as the "Shwing." Baszler is the first MMA fighter to win via wrestling guillotine, also known as the twister in MMA or submission grappling.
Under Billy Robinson, Baszler is the only certified female catch wrestler in the United States. Robinson has contributed immensely in training several mixed martial arts legends including Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett.
Baszler is currently the #9-ranked 135-pound female MMA fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.
Baszler is the daughter of Skip and Margaret Baszler. Skip is of German descent, and Margaret is of Chinese descent. Baszler grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She majored in religion at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas before beginning her mixed martial arts training.
Baszler was a key spokesperson in the movement to create a South Dakota athletic commission for combat sports. She once delivered a speech that touched opposing Rep. Steve Hickey, who once labeled MMA as the "child porn" of sports. Hickey later changed his mind about the sport after visiting Baszler at the Next Edge Academy of Martial Arts, the training place of Baszler, as well as other mixed martial arts fighters and practitioners.
Martial arts background and persona
Baszler, a Khun Kru in the Muay Thai boxing association and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt, began incorporating catch wrestling into her MMA training. This proved to be somewhat difficult because she could not train with Barnett in Southern California, so Barnett wrote her a syllabus and a video teaching the step-by-step secrets of catch wrestling and how to improve her verbal skills. Barnett also suggested that Baszler carry an electric guitar to the cage to show that she was outspoken. Baszler reluctantly agreed, and the guitar has become a signature of hers as she is considered the "only living, breathing rock star in the history of MMA" by her fans due to her rock star-like persona.
Barnett began calling Baszler "The Queen of Spades" due to her card tricks, which is her nickname today. Her card magic can also be related to her submission magic. She is sometimes labeled the "submission magician," confusing commentators with her creativity. Baszler refers to her fans as the "Queen's Army," as each member is considered an intelligent minion of the Queen.
Mixed martial arts career
Baszler faced Amanda Buckner at MFC: USA vs. Russia 3 on June 3, 2006. She lost the fight by TKO in the third round.
She faced Samantha Anderson at NFF: The Breakout on March 10, 2007. She won the fight by kimura submission in the first round.
Baszler debuted for EliteXC at a ShoXC event on July 27, 2007. She submitted veteran Jan Finney with a first-round armbar and repeated the feat three months later against Jennifer Tate. After defeating Keiko Tamai with an impressive Twister submission at a third ShoXC event, Baszler moved up to the main EliteXC cards.
Baszler entered the Freestyle Cage Fighting Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix at FCF 39 on January 30, 2010 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She submitted Megumi Yabushita with a twister submission in the first round of their quarterfinal bout. It was the second time that Baszler had won an MMA fight with the unique submission.
Baszler was scheduled to face Jan Finney in the tournament final at FCF 43 on June 12, 2010. However, Finney withdrew in order to compete in Strikeforce and Baszler faced Adrienna Jenkins instead. Baszler defeated Jenkins by first-round armbar to become FCF Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion.
On November 19, 2010, Baszler faced Elaina Maxwell at The Cage Inc.: Battle At The Border 7. Baszler defeated Maxwell by submission due to a kneebar in the first round to become the first TCI Women's 140 lbs Champion.
Baszler was scheduled to defend her TCI title in a rematch with Alexis Davis at The Cage Inc.: Battle At The Border 10 on July 30, 2011. However, the fight was cancelled after Davis signed with Strikeforce.
Invicta Fighting Championships
On April 28, it was announced that Baszler would face Sara McMann in the main event of Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann. The event took place on July 28, 2012. In a back-and-forth affair, Baszler lost the fight in what was considered to be a controversial unanimous decision. The bout was named fight of the night.
Baszler faced Alexis Davis in a rematch at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5, 2013. She was defeated via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in round three. The bout was named fight of the night.
The Ultimate Fighter
In August 2013, it was announced that Baszler was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. In her fight to get into the TUF house, Baszler faced Colleen Schneider and won via an armbar submission in the first round. Baszler was then selected by Rousey as the first team pick and the first fight of the season against Julianna Peña. Baszler lost to Peña after tapping out due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||15 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||15-8||Alexis Davis||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||January 5, 2013||3||0:58||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||15-7||Sarah D'Alelio||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama||October 6, 2012||2||0:37||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||14-7||Sara McMann||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann||July 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||14-6||Elaina Maxwell||Submission (kneebar)||The Cage Inc.: Battle At The Border 7||November 19, 2010||1||4:03||Hankinson, North Dakota, United States||Became First TCI Women's 140 lbs Champion|
|Win||13-6||Adrienna Jenkins||Submission (armbar)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 43||June 12, 2010||1||2:12||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States||Became FCF Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion|
|Win||12-6||Alexis Davis||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 40||March 27, 2010||3||5:00||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||11-6||Megumi Yabushita||Submission (twister)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 39||January 30, 2010||1||4:50||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||10-6||Sarah Kaufman||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg||June 19, 2009||3||5:00||Kent, Washington, United States|
|Loss||10-5||Cristiane Justino||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||2:48||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||10-4||Keiko Tamai||Submission (twister)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||April 5, 2008||1||2:05||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||9-4||Jennifer Tate||Submission (armbar)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||October 26, 2007||1||0:44||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||8-4||Jan Finney||Submission (armbar)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||July 27, 2007||1||2:40||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||7-4||Samantha Anderson||Submission (kimura)||NFF: The Breakout||March 10, 2007||1||1:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||6-4||Tara LaRosa||TKO (punches)||BodogFight: Costa Rica||February 18, 2007||2||3:15||Costa Rica|
|Win||6-3||Roxanne Modafferi||Submission (hammerlock)||MARS: BodogFight||October 4, 2006||1||1:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5-3||Amanda Buckner||TKO (punches)||MFC: USA vs Russia 3||June 3, 2006||3||3:03||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5-2||Julie Kedzie||Submission (armbar)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 22||March 18, 2006||1||N/A||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||4-2||Amanda Buckner||Submission (armbar)||Ring of Fire 20: Elite||December 10, 2005||1||4:28||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4-1||Cindy Romero||Submission (punches)||UCS: Battle At The Barn 9||May 7, 2005||1||N/A||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||3-1||Heather Lobs||Submission (choke)||Jungle Madness 2||January 15, 2005||1||1:51||Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||2-1||Kelly Kobold||Submission (punches)||Reality Cage Fighting||May 15, 2004||2||2:20||South Dakota, United States|
|Win||2-0||Christy Zimmerman||Submission (armbar)||Reality Cage Fighting||November 14, 2003||1||N/A||South Dakota, United States|
|Win||1-0||Tina Johnson||Submission (armbar)||Reality Cage Fighting||October 31, 2003||1||1:20||South Dakota, United States|
- Freestyle Cage Fighting Women's Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion
- The Cage Inc. Women's 140 lbs Champion
- "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
- "The Not-So-Cruel Tutelage of Josh Barnett Shayna Baszler Learns to Step into the Spotlight and Finds Out She Likes It". FCFighter.com. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2009-08-28.[dead link]
- "MFC: Hometown Boy Doesn’t Disappoint". Sherdog.com. 2006-06-04. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- "Mega Megu Takes Easy Win in the Cage". Sherdog.com. 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- "Ladies To Take CBS-EliteXC Stage". Sherdog.com, by Jordan Breen. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- "'Ruthless' Retains". Sherdog.com. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Gurgel and Heun steal show at Strikeforce, Villasenor edges "Cyborg" in main event". MMAjunkie.com. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Freestyle Cage Fighting 39 Live Results". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- "Baszler, Finney Advance In FCF Grand Prix". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
- "Cris Cyborg vs Jan Finney Planned For June 26th". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
- "Shayna Baszler Wins FCF Women's Grand Prix". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- "Weekend Recap: Baszler, Pene Win At The Cage Inc.". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- "Shayna Baszler vs Alexis Davis Rematch Set For July 30". MMARising.com. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- "Strikeforce Adds Two More Women's Bouts To July 30 Card". MMARising.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "Shayna Baszler vs Kelly Kobold Rematch Agreed For April 21". MMARising.com. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "CFX: "Spring Brawl" Cancelled, Baszler-Kobold Rematch Off". MMARising.com. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- "Sara McMann Faces Shayna Baszler In Invicta FC 2 Headliner". MMARising.com. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
- "Invicta FC 2 Results: McMann, Davis & Carmouche Victorious". MMARising.com. 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "McMann, Baszler Discuss Invicta FC 2 Fight Of The Night". MMARising.com. 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "Shayna Baszler Faces Sarah D’Alelio In Invicta FC 3 Co-Feature". MMARising.com. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Invicta FC 3 Results: Jessica Penne Captures Atomweight Title". MMARising.com. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- "Shayna Baszler vs Alexis Davis Rematch Added To Invicta FC 4". MMARising.com. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Invicta FC 4 Results: Carla Esparza Wins Strawweight Title". MMARising.com. 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- "Invicta FC 4 results: Esparza outlasts Hyatt for belt, Davis chokes out Baszler". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- "Four Fighters Earn Bonuses At Invicta Fighting Championships 4". MMARising.com. 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- Staff (2013-08-15). "'Ultimate Fighter' Season 18 cast revealed, including LaRosa, Baszler, Modafferi". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- "TUF 18 Episode 2 Recap: Julianna Peña Submits Shayna Baszler". MMARising.com. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-11.