Women’s bantamweight prospect Marina Shafir won her professional MMA debut after getting Chandra Engel to tap out from an armbar at 1:57 of the first round. Shafir also revealed that she would be interested in a fight with Cris Cyborg in 2015.
Marina Shafir took a page out of teammate Ronda Rousey's playbook, and finished her pro MMA debut in quick fashion last night at Chaos at the Casino 4 in Inglewood, California.
The "Supernova from Moldova" forced Chandra Engel to tap to an armbar in under two minutes of fighting, which finalized her successful transition from amateur to professional competition.
Shafir, who was a former U.S. national judo teammate of the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and who trains with her at Glendale Fighting Club, went 5-0 on the amateur circuit and finished all five contests via first round submissions. While the majority were via armbar, she does hold one victory via arm-triangle choke. Her victory last night marked his sixth straight first round submission win.
In an interesting twist, Fighthub spoke with Shafir ahead of her pro debut, where she revealed that she would be willing to fight Cris 'Cyborg' Justino in a year and a half.
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