Amanda Bell gave the Internet a reason to be happy after her 37-second knockout over Marina Shafir at Chaos at the Casino 5. Shafir has been under the watch of many MMA fans even before she made her professional debut. Being associated with UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey kind of helps with that.
So it wasn’t a surprise that MMA fans took to social media to sing, but not because “The Lady Killer” had picked up her second pro victory or how she won even though she took the fight on short notice. Instead several fans were excited about Shafir losing and how another one of the Four Horsewomen had gone down in defeat – except for Bell, who thanked Shafir for taking this fight and her fans for their support.
What shouldn’t have been a surprise is that Bell was able to knockout “The Supernova from Modolva.” Up front Bell’s professional record may not have accurately displayed her striking. Her first win was a second-round submission win over Brittney Elkin. But if you look at The Lady Killer’s amateur run, she had five KO finishes, one of which was in her fight against Jessamyn Duke.
That’s not saying that Shafir isn’t a big win for Bell. The Supernova is an up-and-coming prospect who experienced her first loss, like Bell and many fighters before her. Shafir has a lot of potential to succeed in the sport, much like Bell, who I believe deserves another shot to compete in the Invicta FC cage. The Lady Killer made her professional debut at Invicta FC 4 back In January 2013 where she went the distance with Tamikka Brents, who won the fight via decision.
I said this about Shafir, but I also think Bell is another fighter who could be a face of the women’s featherweight division. She’s got the knockout power and is building her experience. Invicta hasn’t held a featherweight bout since Cris “Cyborg” Justino won the featherweight title back at Invicta FC 6. If it’s because they’re short on 145-pound fighters, I don’t see The Lady Killer couldn’t fight at Invicta FC 9. If she racks up a few more wins she could fight for the title.
Who knows, maybe in a couple of years we’ll see Bell vs. Shafir II at a future Invicta event.
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