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Shayna Baszler Discusses Getting Motivated, Saturday’s Fight With Bethe Correia, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.29.2014

- Shayna Baszler recently spoke about Saturday's fight with Bethe Correia. Here are the highlights…

On Delays and Her Time Off: "As frustrating as the hurdles and stuff have been, it's a better situation. Each hurdle has put me in a better and better spot. I finally feel good, this fight's going to happen and it's garnering a lot more attention than my other ones would have. It's given me more time to train, so I'm in a better place."

On Her Motivation: "People are asking me how I've stayed motivated to train when it's been one hurdle after another, one bump in the road after another," Baszler said. "Living in a house of fighters living and training together has been kind of easy, because everyone has been in a training camp at some point. Being training partners for each other has meant really consistent, hard training for all of us. I can't really complain about that."

On Bethe Correia: "I've always said that even in MMA people care more about the story and why a fight's happening than the fight itself," Baszler said. "To have a fight with a story that tells itself – I haven't had to do any of the work to make this a story. Honestly, it was a brilliant move on her part. It was a subtle enough thing and it made a bold statement. She wasn't turning a lot of heads or making people look up from their programs before, but now they're paying attention to her just because she did that."

On The Fight With Correia: "I think what impresses me is her ability to pull people into her pace of fight," Baszler said. "It's impressive to me that she can do that to really good fighters. If I go into this fight thinking it's impossible for me, that's how I can get sucked into that pace. That's definitely the thing I'm watching out for the most. That there's a sense of urgency and I need to finish this fight. In my mind I've drawn a black and white line that I need to finish this fight. If it goes the distance I'm losing. That's what I have in my head, that's the mentality I have going into the fight."

Credit: mmajunkie.com


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