Ronda Rousey's teammate and close friend in Marina Shafir was building a steady stream of hype early on in her career. Much like her popular training partner, this decorated Judoka won all 5 of her amateur bouts by first round submission, and her streak continued during her pro debut last April.
She won 5 out of her 6 total bouts by Armbar, and has been quoted to be looking to follow in Rousey's footsteps and eventually establish the featherweight division much like Ronda did for 135.
"I’m pretty sure that 145 is going to be my division – I’m going to make it a very popular division," Shafir told MMAjunkie. "My goal is to hype it up just as much as 135 is right now. That’s one of my goals is to make it so intriguing to see how women compete in that division.
"As I’m racking up my experience and they’re making their decision about fighting, I’ll be ready," she said about potential bouts against Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg, "Maybe Ronda will loosen the pickle jar and I’ll get to open it a little bit."
Unfortunately, those plans might have been pushed back a little bit after last night. The 26-year-old Shafir suffered a huge upset loss on her sophomore outing, getting knocked out in just 37 seconds by Amanda Bell as part of the LOP Chaos at the Casino 5 card.
With the win, Bell improves to 2-2 after a 6-1 mark as an amateur, and now has wins over half of the 'Four Horsewomen'. Shafir on the other hand, drops to 1-1, considerably slowing the 'Supernova from Moldova' hype train.
"My night, my victory," Bell said on social media. "Thank you Marina Shafir for taking this fight and everyone who supported and believe in me. Tonight was a great experience for me. Good things are coming my way."
Watch the finish below: