After injury forced her to pull out of her scheduled UFC debut against Sarah Kaufman in April, Shayna Baszler’s long awaited debut will now come against Bethe Correia at UFC 176. The card is headlined by the UFC featherweight title tilt between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes in a rematch of their UFC 142 fight, with the August 2 event being hosted at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, CA.
Baszler recently competed on the TUF 18 season, though ultimately fell short to eventual winner Julianna Pena in the opening round of the tournament. Her debut was scheduled for last month at the TUF Nations Finale against Sarah Kaufman, who defeated late notice opponent Leslie Smith, though the UFC have decided to book another opponent for ‘The Queen of Spades’.
With a 15-8 record as a professional and wins over the likes of Alexis Davis and Sarah D’Alelio, Baszler was a heavy favourite for the TUF 18 season, but suffered a shock loss against Pena. Now looking to announce herself as a contender in the women’s bantamweight division, Baszler will face a prospect with a ton of momentum.
Correia will put her unblemished record on the line against one of the most respected fighters in the women’s bantamweight division. After defeating one of the ‘Four Hoursewomen’, Jessamyn Duke, at UFC 172, Correia took her professional record to 8-0 and has now won her first two fights in the UFC. Correia has since vowed to beat all of Rousey’s ‘little group’ en route to a title shot, and she has her wish in Shayna Baszler.