Shayna Baszler Compares NXT To MMA

Shayna Baszler sees parallels between professional wrestling and mixed-martial-arts.

After over 12 years of fighting in MMA promotions across the world, Shayna Baszler started her second passion of professional wrestling. The experienced catch-as-catch-can wrestler spoke with about the differences and similarities between her two professions. She said the pace of matches changes things in professional wrestling.

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"It isn’t that much different. Some things have changed. The round times and limits aren't there to worry about, so pacing benefits me in that I can take the time to enjoy the damage I cause. But the goal is still the same," said Baszler. "In MMA, there isn't time to admire your work until it’s all over with. In sports-entertainment, I can admire what I’m doing while it’s happening. So pre-match, I guess you could say my mindset is more like a lion about to play with its food, rather than a lion trying to hunt out of necessity. But ultimately, I’m out to hunt my target," she continued.

At NXT Takeover: New Orleans, Baszler challenges NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon for the second time. In the interview, she spoke about the damage she dealt to Moon in their first match.

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