Last night was episode two of TUF: Ronda vs Miesha and while the coaches haven’t hit nuclear bitch levels yet, this episode set up a nice foundation upon which all future crazy mean girl shit will stand upon. It also featured a fight between submission goddess Shayna Baszler and Julianna Pene – a fight which Baszler not only lost, but lost via submission! It was a pretty shocking way for Shayna to go out, so naturally we turn to her TUF blog for answers:
Julianna showed up that day and fought for her life. I didn’t. Bottom line. Like her or not, she fought for her life at a time when I felt she didn’t even deserve to be in the cage with me. I still to this day say 99 out of 100 times, I win this fight. She just happened to do whatever it took to have her 1/100 happen on that day. The most frustrating part of all of this being that all the new fans of WMMA and of the QoS will only hate because I was so confident going into this fight, it comes off as arrogant. Julianna Pena is not better than the Queen of Spades. But many will believe it after this…foolish mortals.
I was devastated. Over 11 years of work. Of fighting for gas money. And here it is, what I finally deserve. And I couldn’t get up??? WTF? It’s over. My shot. I still say I was the best female in that house. And for whatever reason, I didn’t fight like it. Watch it again, people. I had zero urgency. And I would pay for that by losing to arguably the girl with the least amount of technique in the house.
So Ronda took me out of the locker room and into the lobby of the gym. They showed a small part of our conversation, but they didn’t show the parts that were the most important to me. She said, “Shayna, this isn’t the only way to get what you want, it’s just one way. And, honestly, for you, it isn’t even the best way.” She told me that the reason I was her No. 1 pick wasn’t just because she believed I would win, but because I was her biggest threat on the show, and it’s wise to keep me close. I looked straight at her and said, “You will see me across the cage from you.” She replied, “I know I will,” with 100 percent belief, “…..and I will beat the shit out of you.” We laughed. It was huge that as a potential rival for her belt one day, she was completely understanding. In this sport, more than any other sport, the best fighter does not always win. That’s the simple truth. And it’s why so many love this sport.
My favorite part of that conversation was when Ronda pointed out that there were a lot of TUF winners that went on to do nothing, and even more TUF losers who have done great things. If Shayna gets another chance on the TUF finale (and it would be almost criminal for them not to give her one), I’m sure she’ll show off what she’s really capable of – tapping nearly any female fighter in the league in under a minute.