Featherweight amateur fighter and Team Rousey coach from “The Ultimate Fighter 18” will be fighting Feb. 9 for U of MMA at Club Nokia in Los Angeles against an unnamed opponent.
Shafir, known to fans as “The Supernova from Meldova,” is 4-0 in her current amateur run, with all of her fights ending by submission in the first round.
In an interview with TV Mix, Shafir mentioned that her coaches do not want to rush her into a professional fighter, nor does she want to jump in too quickly herself.
“There’s a lot of hype behind my career, and that’s a good thing, I don’t want to be one of those fighters to not live up to the hype.”
She has a point. Being the roommate of current UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, Shafir has been under the watchful eye of many fans and promoters. And while fighters like Rousey was successful to make that transition from amateur to professional after three ammy fights, going from one level to the next can be difficult for some combatants, especially when it comes to overall competition.
That said, I have a feeling that Shafir would be successful once she does step up to the plateau of professional MMA. The big question is would she want to stay at featherweight or drop to bantamweight.
Although bantamweight may be the obvious choice, because of the UFC and the increased level of competition, part of me would like to see the Supernova fight at 145 pounds and take on someone like Ashlee Evans-Smith, Veronica Rothenhausler or even Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
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