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Shayna Baszler vs. Cris Cyborg added to “Saturday Night Fights”

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A female bout to best contested at 140 pounds between Shayna Baszler and Cristiane Cyborg has been added to the card for the next installment of CBS’ “Saturday Night Fights” on July 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., will also feature an EliteXC middleweight title rematch between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith; Jake Shields vs. Nick Thompson for the vacant EliteXC welterweight title; and a 160 pound lightweight clash between Thomas “Wildman” Denny and Stockton’s own Nick Diaz.

Baszler is 3-0 since joining EliteXC with wins over Jan Finney, Jennifer Tate, and Keiko “Tama Chan” Tamai. All three of her victories took place during ShoXC events that were televised on SHOWTIME. This will be Baszler’s first major EliteXC bout and it will take place on primetime  network television.

Cyborg, who is married to professional mixed martial artist Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, is 4-0 as a pro fighter, according to Sherdog’s fight finder. Competing exclusively in Brazil, Cyborg’s most notable victory took place at Samurai Storm 9 in November of 2005, where she recorded a unanimous decision victory over Vanessa Porto.

Cyborg is somewhat of an enigma in that there is strong sentiment amongst some hardcore fight fans that she has the potential to be the top female fighter in the world at 140 pounds. However, Cyborg has yet to garner that recognition as she has yet to fight on a major platform. Several attempts in recent months to bring to the U.S. have failed due to visa issues.

An extremely strong fighter with dangerous standup ability, her fight with Baszler will make for a unique blending of styles. While Baszler is very capable on her feet, she could be surrendering considerable size to Cyborg. However, on paper, it would appear that Baszler could have a strong advantage when it comes to the ground.

While nothing official has been stated by EliteXC officials, there have been rumblings that the winner of the Baszler vs. Cyborg fight could find themselves in the mix for a second CBS fight this October against Gina Carano.

“Saturday Night Fights” on CBS will be preceded by a one hour telecast on SHOWTIME at 8 p.m. ET the same night that will feature Antonio Silva and Justin Eilers fighting for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title. Rising featherweight Wilson Reis is slated to fight Brian Caraway and it has also been officially announced that light heavyweight Rafael Feijao has been added to the card against a yet to be announced opponent.

  • Fabricio says:

    The bigger question is what does EXC have against Shayna??? This is going to be brutal.

  • steak knife says:

    I was hoping for a Shayna vs. Gina match in fall for the Womens title. This probably isn’t going to happen now that they’re giving her Cyborg.

    I just hope Cyborg doesn’t smash Gina’s beautiful face in after she smashes Shayna’s. Poor girls.

  • brett says:

    cyborg is such a beast. im not to stoked to see her dismantle gina.

  • platypus says:

    shayna with the twister ftw

    i hope mainstream gets exposed to the twister

  • Rich S. says:

    Cyborg is Wanderlei Silva… with a wig.. and a sports bra…

    if they’re trying to make Gina their “golden girl” why the HELL did they sign Cyborg???

    this is going to be bad… no one will want to fight her..

  • Fabricio says:

    I say this with all due respect, I guess they ( women of mma) can’t accuse EXC of selling women out for sheer sex appeal. While Cris is badass, she isn’t a poster child for the typical sexy female athlete.

    If you like your chicks bad ass with tat’s this is your girl.

  • oslooskar says:

    I’m at a complete and utter loss to explain all the hype surrounding Cris Cyborg. In her MMA career she has fought only one credible opponent (Vanessa Porto) whom, to her dismay, she found almost impossible to defeat. All of her other opponents appeared to be handpicked nobodies.

  • Fabricio says:

    Perhaps you should do a little more research oslooskar, Her mixed fights have shown me all I need to see. Mixed as in Male vs. Female.

    There is also some pretty good Chute Boxe video around of her whooping up on some dudes.

    But in fairness to all involved we’ll have to wait and see, and her “other” female opponents….well unless you follow womens mma you might think anyone not named Corano, Larosa, or Baszler is a handpicked nobody….

  • oslooskar says:

    Fabricio, I can do all the research in the world but it won’t change the fact that three of Cris Cyborg’s four opponents (Cristiane Schoeder, Elaine Santiago, and Marise Vitoria) had ZERO experience in MMA before stepping into the ring with her. Also, regarding your claim that Cris Cyborg has fought male opponents, please submit more information. (Remember, sparring with males in the gym does not count

  • steak knife says:

    I just watched some Cyborg vids on youtube — this chick is scary. I’m pulling for Shayna, but geez.

    #5 is right.


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