Roxy Balboa Shayna Baszler Tapout Radio If you happened to miss Roxy Balboa and Shayna Baszler Thursday, Dec. 4th, on Tapout Radio, go listen on radio archive. Show includes insights on Women’s MMA, Gina and WEC, and Kim Couture fighting on Stirkeforce.
Roxy Balboa Shayna Baszler Tapout Radio
As Roxy continued to grow as a fighter she discovered she found so much enjoyment in fitness & health that she studied to gain her personal trainer certification and began teaching Muay Thai and taking personal fitness clients.
Today Roxy is an active pro full rules Muay Thai fighter. She holds the IAMTF Women’s Lightweight belt and has fought many top ranked opponents. She also runs a fitness studio, RoxyFit where she teaches Muay Thai, strength and conditioning, small group classes and counsels clients in nutrition and wellness. RoxyFit is the only women owned and operated fitness studio of its kind in the world. Roxy’s certifications include: ACE Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1, AFPA Nutrition & Wellness Counselor, AFPA Sports Nutrition Counselor. Roxy is constantly expanding her fitness and health credentials to offer more services to her clients.
No longer is Heath Slater the hottest free agent in sports entertainment. That honor now belongs to Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler, a former UFC fighter who transitioned into pro wrestling last year.
Baszler, 36, didn’t have much success inside the world-famous Octagon, suffering a pair of knockout losses in her lone two official UFC starts. The South Dakota native, who rose to fame with stints in Invicta FC and in the “TUF” house, suffered TKO defeats at the hands of former bantamweight title contender Bethe Correia and current UFC 135-pound champ Amanda Nunes, before riding off into the sunset.
The last memory MMA fans have of Baszler is Nunes delivering a vicious beating, finishing her in the opening round. Let’s be honest: It was a painful way for one of the pioneers of women’s MMA to end her cage-fighting career. No one wanted to see the legendary catch-wrestler go out the way she did.
The thing is, Baszler wasted little time getting back on her feet following her ouster from the UFC. She never skipped a beat after the promotion released her in early-2015, immediately trading in her four-ounce MMA gloves for pro wrestling boots. Was it the right move to make? Absolutely. Baszler, who grew up a pro wrestling fan, was a natural in the ring. Her catch-wrestling and MMA background helped make the transition seamless.
“The Queens of Spades” has been unstoppable since dipping into the world of pro wrestling, raising eyebrows with impressive performances all over the country in the indie ranks. Her most recent win — a championship victory for Absolute Intense Wrestling’s women’s title — put her name on the map with pro wrestling diehards and casuals alike.
Is it time for the WWE to give her a shot? There’s no doubt about it. Baszler already has some kind of relationship with WWE head honcho Stephanie McMahon, as she has been spotted in the front row at numerous WWE house shows. That said, there’s a chance she’ll at least have an opportunity to work her way into the world-renowned pro wrestling promotion.
The WWE’s recent brand split has created numerous openings, especially on SmackDown. Baszler would be a nice addition to the show.
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