Long-time veteran and women’s MMA pioneer, Shayna Baszler (15-8) finally makes her UFC debut against the undefeated Brazilian, Bethe Correia (8-0).
Shayna Baszler comes off a loss on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter against the eventual winner Juliana Pena, but ‘The Queen of Spades’ has been in the sport since 2003. Competing against the likes of Julie Kedzie, Sarah Kaufman, Cristine “Cyborg”, she has 14 of his career 15 wins by submission.
Bethe Correia faces her second member of the ‘four horsewomen’, after previously defeating Jessamyn Duke. “The Pitbull” has made it clear her mission is to work her way up to the champion, Ronda Rousey and can make a strong case for the next title shot with a win over Baszler.
Honoring the staple name, Baszler walks out to The Four Horsemen’s entrance music. And gets the double slap treatment from cornerman, Josh Barnett.
Bethe Correia would impressively leave her mark on the women’s bantamweight division, defeating the second member of the Four Horsemen and calling out the champion, Ronda Rousey post-fight.
Baszler looks for and gets the tie up with Bethe Correia, jockeying for position, Correia drags Baslzer to the ground and gets on top in half-guard. Baslzer gains full-guard and throws up a triangle choke attempt, softening Correia up with elbows. Shayna switches to an armbar, but after a minute of defending, Correia is able to pull out and stand back up.
Baszler quick to regain the clinch, Correia defends a single leg attempt, reverses and pressures Shayna against the cage. Eating a couple of short uppercuts, Shayna shoots for a single leg, against defended by Bethe. But Baszler is relentless, getting the takedown on her third attempt. As Correia scrambles, Shayna goes for a guillotine choke, as the round ends.
Tied up in the clinch to start round 2, Bethe is forced to defend the takedown attempt. She does and starts to unload in the clinch, mixing shots to the body and the head of Shayna, who is visibly hurt and trapped against the fence. Bethe pouring it on with the body sots, and the right and left hooks to the head. Correia really looking for the finish, Shayna doing her best to fight off the punches by covering up. Correia continues to tee off on Baszler and the referee has seen enough, stopping the bout. Extremely accurate combinations in the short range, and an impressive victory by Bethe Correia.
Correia celebrates by doing a dance in the middle of the cage after just her second career knockout victory.
“I wanna leave a message for Ronda. I wanna say I’m gonna be the one to take the belt, I’m going to be the one to beat Ronda. She won’t take me invincibility,” Correia said.
UFC 17 Results:
Main card (10 P.M. EST, PPV)
- UFC Bantamweight Title: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto
- Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
- Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler TKO (punches)–Round 2, 1:56
- Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem via TKO (punch)–Round 2, 1:53
- Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson via Submission (reverse guillotine choke)–Round 2, 1:54
Preliminary Card (8 P.M. EST, FOX Sports 1)
- Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (body punches)–Round 2, 4:17
- Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 1:12