Invicta FC vs. Strikeforce? Headliner Shayna Baszler just wants to rule the world

Posted: July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Shayna Baszler knows her opportunity on Saturday is a big one.

With a win over Sara McMann in the main event of Invicta FC 2, Baszler (14-6) not only would hand McMann (5-0) her first loss, but she’d also likely work her way to an Invicta bantamweight title shot in October.

And then there’s the little matter of raising her profile on the bigger stage of women’s MMA.

“Whether (people) are or they’re not (talking about me now), they’re going to be talking after this one,” Baszler recently told Radio ( “I had a few fights the past year that fell through, so I’ve kind of been off the map. But it’s not as though I’ve been inactive.

“If anybody wants to forget about that, that’s all the bigger they’ll talk afterward.”

Baszler meets McMann, an Olympic wrestler, at Invicta’s second show, which takes place Saturday at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and streams live and free on

And with women’s MMA trying to make constant strides in the sport overall, Baszler believes Invicta, an all-women’s promotion, may have the inside track after just one event.

“They put on such an epic first show that enough people talked about it,” Baszler said. “And with the exponential growth of people that are interested in this show, (Invicta FC 2) is going to be huge.

“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity, that’s for sure.”

Baszler a little more than three years ago dropped a unanimous decision to Sarah Kaufman in a Strikeforce fight. Kaufman next month challenges Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey for the title. Baszler has wins over the likes of Alexis Davis, Julie Kedzie and Roxanne Modafferi and has fights with Tara LaRosa and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos on her resume.

In short, she’s been around the block. Baszler, who trains with former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett, has been on the sidelines since November 2010 due to a variety of circumstances. She believes, though, that Invicta might be the type of promotion that is here for the long haul – and maybe regular fights won’t be something she has to worry about.

“I think definitely the depth of competition is deeper in Invicta right now,” Baszler said. “It’s just a matter of Invicta getting their brand name out and making it known. They’ve put themselves in a really good spot.”

But Baszler said it really makes no difference where she’s fighting. Invicta? Great. Strikeforce? Fine. She’ll take a title in either, and then sit back and enjoy the conversations when people wonder whose champion is better.

“Some people are going to look at one or the other,” she said. “I just want to rule the world. If it’s up to me, I’ll take any title shot at any time that comes my way. I’m not going to turn one down because I think the other is going to be better.

“That being said, I said Strikeforce right now is the belt people want. Rousey has obviously positioned herself at No. 1. But I think Invicta has placed themselves in a spot that they could conceivably be looked at as the title that women want.” Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to


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