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5 things you need to know about WWE NXT women's champion Shayna Baszler

Marc Madison
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#4. She rose to prominence in MMA, competing for less than a decade

Baszler was a force in MMA for quite some time. Image courtesy of mandatory.com
Baszler was a force in MMA for quite some time. Image courtesy of mandatory.com

For any wrestler, regardless of their age, it takes time to learn their craft, improve and be able to push forward. Baszler's development in the world of Mixed Martial Arts was no different. She was trained in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, in which she has a brown belt, and was also trained in Muay Thai. Her development is a product of her dedication to improving.

During her MMA career, she competed for such promotions as Strike Force and Elite XC among others. In total, she competed in twenty-six contests and holds a fifteen and eleven records with thirteen of those wins being by knockout. What is remarkable is that her notoriety grew all over the world, despite actively competing for only nine years. Contributing to this success was her participation in UFC's Ultimate Fighter program as part of Team Rousey, under captain and recent WWE signee Ronda Rousey. Baszler's most recent MMA fight was as part of UFC's Fight Night 62 in the spring of 2015. One can only imagine what else she could have achieved if she continued with her MMA career.

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