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Amanda Bell KO’s Marina Shafir in Inglewood (video)



Lights Out Promotions returned to the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood last night for their fifth Chaos at the Casino mixed martial arts show. One of the most talked about fights on the card around the proverbial MMA watercooler this morning was the women’s featherweight contest between heavily favored Marina ‘The Supernova from Moldova’ Shafir and Amanda ‘The Lady Killer’ Bell.

Although she entered this bout with just one professional fight, Shafir has garnered a lot of attention as UFC world champion Ronda Rousey’s best friend and training partner. Rousey, Shafir, Jessamyn Duke and women’s MMA pioneer Shayna Baszler have even been dubbed as ‘The Four Horsewomen’ due to their love of pro wrestling. After five amateur bouts, and one professional win – all by submission – Shafir seemed to be well on her way to becoming the fourth horsewoman to join the UFC. Her performance against Amanda Bell last night in California will not do her any favors.

It was a lethal left hook from Bell that occurred just a handful of seconds into the fight that would be the beginning of the end for her opponent. Shafir would pop back up and take more damage from Bell’s right hand, forcing her down to the canvas once again. With her back on the ground, Shafir would eat two more uncontested power shots from Bell and John McCarthy would be forced to step in and wave off the fight.

A setback for one up and coming star can sometimes create a new star in the process. Bell started out her professional career with two consecutive losses following a win over Shafir’s stablemate Jessamyn Duke in her final amateur contest. She has since strung a couple of wins together over the last handful of months and will look to capitalize moving forward on this 37-second KO over Shafir that has garnered her plenty of headlines.

Don’t be surprised if we see a rematch between these two 26-year-olds somewhere down the line under the Invicta or UFC banner. For now, it’s Bell’s time to enjoy what has to be the biggest victory of her young mixed martial arts career. For Shafir, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and make the proper adjustments to add the missing pieces to her already lethal game.

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