(Kobald / Baszler after the first fight. Guess who won.)
I squeed with glee when I heard that Shayna Bazler would be repping women’s MMA at the next EliteXC/CBS show. Shayna is Josh Barnett’s disciple and in my opinion the #2 female fighter out there – I’d put her in 1st place because all her wins are first round submissions (!!!), but she did get knocked out by Tara LaRosa so that kinda keeps her from being number one. Regardless, I think Baszler is gonna do big things in EliteXC and I’m looking forward to seeing her establish herself there.
Right now the frontrunner to fight her is Kelly Kobald, who was the first person to ever beat Shayna. Kelly is an interesting choice from EliteXC since they normally try to find the prettiest girls to promote and Kobald looks like someone smashed Hayden Panettiere in the face with a shovel 10 times. I’m not complaining … this is fighting, not a fucking runway. So this is actually a nice change in policy.
As for Kobald’s abilities, she’s got bigger arms than me and can knock people the fuck out, which should make the fight interesting since Shayna tends to leave herself open for shots to the face while working her voodoo submission skills. She’s also only gone to decision 3 times in nearly 20 fights, so between her and Baszler you’re pretty much guaranteed to have an exciting fight with a definite finish.