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TUF 18’s Shayna Baszler: I Don’t Like Julianna Pena


Last night on the Ultimate Fighter, MMA veteran and house favorite, Shayna Baszler, was removed from the tournament after an upset defeat at the hands of Team Tate’s Julianna Pena.

Baszler has been a leader in women’s Mixed Martial Arts, having fought the biggest names in the sport for the past 10-years.

In her TUF blog at the MMA Corner she detailed what happened on last night’s episode.

Check it out:

I want to first say, I knew nothing of Julianna Pena and the way she fights except for what I saw during the elimination fights. I knew she had been armbarred by Sarah Moras. I knew she was a suck-up trying to play both sides. She will tell you that she told Ronda Rousey that she wanted to be picked by her before she knew Miesha Tate was going to be there. I hope at least that the people in the Queen’s Army are smart enough to put together that we had no contact with the coaches until after we saw both of them there when they called us in for Dana White’s epic speech that first day. She knew Miesha was a coach before she tried to convince Ronda she wanted to be picked. Another thing I like about Ronda: she’s too smart for that. She didn’t fall for it. But that’s Ronda. It spoke to me of both her and Juliana’s character from the get-go.

I think it could go without saying, but I don’t like Julianna. Many of the girls in the elimination fights knew her and didn’t like her. I didn’t know her, so I generally gave her the benefit of the doubt. She did not win me over. She tries too hard to get people to like her, exploits herself in all the wrong ways, and too easily turns her back on her friends. I don’t know how she will come across as the season goes on, but like I said, I believe at least the Queen’s Army won’t be blinded. All the others, f— ‘em. All that being said, one other thing about Juliana: the girl doesn’t stop. She keeps scrapping.

I was never, at any point in the week leading up to the fight, ever nervous. Not even a little. Technique, skill set, all of it—she had nothing for me. As it turns out, in retrospect, one of the things that many might believe to be an advantage was probably my biggest disadvantage going into this fight. I couldn’t get up for the fight.

I can’t explain to you the odd feeling it is to walk out to fight in the UFC gym. There is no one there but the 14 people on the show and a smattering of special guests that Dana or the UFC invited in to watch. There is no music, no uproarious cheering, no screaming voices, no one yelling or chanting…it was a glorified sparring session to me. I have fought for some of the biggest shows and venues that have been available to women. I have been on network television, pay-per-views and streamed events. I have fought the biggest names that my division has to offer. I never feel pressure at those things; I feel energized. So it’s hard when I am stepping into a cage that I train in twice a day, in a small warehouse that I train in twice a day, and think of it as the most important fight I have had to date. I mean, I knew in my head that it was, but my body, my heart…this was me showing up in the gym to spar. And you know what happened? I completely kicked her ass the first round. Period. But then, when she came out the second and fought for her life, I did not.

You know how when you go to the gym and spar, there’s always that guy? Maybe he’s a new guy, maybe he’s just that guy that only has two speeds, but he always ends up going way too hard. You know him. Every gym has him. Maybe if you were in 100 percent fight mode, you would whoop his ass. But it’s just sparring, and you know this. That is the same feeling I had when Julianna came out round two. Never felt this way before. She fought for her life, and I just wanted to hold her down and put my finger on her mouth and whisper, “Shhhhhh…” I knew she was spazzing and fighting balls out. So I checked out. “Shit. I will just get her next round.” And it was too late…

Julianna showed up that day and fought for her life. I didn’t. Bottom line. Like her or not, she fought for her life at a time when I felt she didn’t even deserve to be in the cage with me. I still to this day say 99 out of 100 times, I win this fight. She just happened to do whatever it took to have her 1/100 happen on that day. The most frustrating part of all of this being that all the new fans of WMMA and of the QoS will only hate because I was so confident going into this fight, it comes off as arrogant. Julianna Pena is not better than the Queen of Spades. But many will believe it after this…foolish mortals.

I was devastated. Over 11 years of work. Of fighting for gas money. And here it is, what I finally deserve. And I couldn’t get up??? WTF? It’s over. My shot. I still say I was the best female in that house. And for whatever reason, I didn’t fight like it. Watch it again, people. I had zero urgency. And I would pay for that by losing to arguably the girl with the least amount of technique in the house. If there’s one thing that all of you in the Queen’s Army should take from this, it’s how far the need to fight for your life can take you. And nothing can really make you feel better during a time like this. Of course, there’s a long season left. And anything can happen, and I should stay ready…but none of that helps the way you feel right then after the fight in the locker room.

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0 Comments to TUF 18’s Shayna Baszler: I Don’t Like Julianna Pena

  1. Dis Guy says:

    excuses bitch.

  2. kuro says:

    for a person who says she is da best female fighter in the house and best technic?????????? you got your ass kick and u should be way more humble….pena got heart and sometimnes that’s what it takes to win fights!!!!

  3. Nando says:

    She’s the biggest douche in TUF history. She thinks way too highly of herself & by her bashing Julianna’s skills, she only makes herself look worse for losing. She’s way too arrogant & from now on, I will relish the opportunity to see her get her ass kicked. TUF has made me not like Ronda either. She acts like a fucking four year old on the show. I think it got in her head the fact that people liked her attitude & now she tries way too hard & comes off like a bitch. Hopefully Tate beats her.

    • ballsackface says:

      shes been like this from the start, before she became strikeforce champ and she was talking about nick vs gsp. she was chatting shit about gsp and being overly opinionated like she was cool.
      i cant wait till she gets owned

  4. ballsackface says:

    LOL
    shayna just comes across as delusional “queens army”.
    she kicked your ass, you came for the bravado and she came to win.
    insults people that might think that Julianna is better than her because she beat her.
    She talks like she has a good record, shes not even on a even on a decent win lose record, 15-8.
    talks like shes untouchable. just cos you are experienced doesnt make you goddess like Shayna

  5. Shameful says:

    That was the most instructional MMA fight in recent memory. The average joe could learn a real life lesson here: you don’t prove that a job is beneath you by doing it poorly.

  6. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Bottomline is Shayna lost. Before the fight I thought she’d win cause I saw fear in the eyes of Juliannam but Julianna got her fire back inbetween the rounds and came out guns blazing in the second.
    .
    I don’t like Tate because of her constant whining, especially about the stoppage when Cat was beating her ass up in a bad way. But I don’t think she was smiling about Shayna’s defeat, it was more smiling at Rousey’s defeat as a coach.

  7. squid says:

    bitches be crazy

  8. Jujitsu Player says:

    Two things I realized watching the second episode of TUF

    1) I would like to have sex with Meisha Tate
    2) Rousey is crazy, I mean literally bat sh!t crazy, way too emotional, possibly has bi-polar syndrome. I cringe when she talks. But I would also like to have sex with her.

    Shayna came off looking so stupid after all the talk bigging herself up. She definitely didn’t kick her ass in the first round. Julianna came out throwing bombs and she wanted so part of it so tried to hump her for the entire round. I still gave the round to Julianna based on aggression and damage. Shayna flat out embarrassed herself and got completely dominated.

    • mannnn says:

      dude i never laughed so hard like that in a long time. seriously thank u for that.. that bat sh!t line killed me. i mean really that was the best laugh i had in a long time. thanks

  9. Hematoma says:

    Shayna can let us know 1001 times how she can beat Pena 99.9% of the time. The thing is….actions always speak louder than words, and last time I checked….she was 0 for 1.

    Never underestimate your opponent. She made that mistake. Obviously, her fighting everyone on the “who’s who” list of female mma fighters didn’t teach her that simply lesson. Maybe time to go to one of Pena’s seminars.

    Also, I was wrong about Tate before seeing this show. I like her…she’s level headed and cool. Rousey is freakin wacko

  10. Rexroots says:

    You are a sore loser !!! You bragged too much and you paid for it. The underdog beat you !!!
    I hope that will teach you not to underestimate your opponent.

  11. Chrisitan says:

    You’ve fought in arenas, on ppvs and television and even streaming fights and you step into a small cage and you talk like that was beneath you? 11 years and all you learned was how to talk shit and come in with your rep, you got beat by someone who wasn’t as experienced as you, who probably shouldn’t have even been in the ring with you per your comments yet this person beat you, that’s the beauty of MMA, you can have skill, but if you don’t have the heart then you are missing just that heart. After 11 years in MMA and fighting in arenas and dog cages, etc you need to be more humble and not expect everyone to kiss your ass, you could walk in with the last name Gracie and guess what, your still going to have to work. Agree with Hematoma, Tate is not bad,

  12. kilasolai says:

    One thing you learn in early years of Mauy Thai in Thailand, the young wolf is not only hungry, but also what it lacks in wisdom is made up for in vitality. These old wolves after 12 years shes battled, she thinks shes aging like wine, but really its vinegar. Your not the fighter you were hell 5 years ago let alone 10 or 12. You cant blame Julianna for YOUR defeat. You can only blame yourself.

    Your experiencea. And older as are your scars and injuries, just as a young lion dethroned a pack leader, julianna dethroned the queen of spades. Shes young, driven and talented. Shanya look in the mirror and grow or just retire, but prove to the world you can teach an old wolf at least humility.

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