Her nickname, in case you were wondering, is "The Supernova from Moldova."

Ronda Rousey gal pal and longstanding member of "The Four Horsewomen," Marina Shafir, won her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut last night (April 12, 2014) with a first-round armbar over Chandra Engel in the main event of Lights Out Promotion (LOP): "Chaos at the Casino 4" in Inglewood, California.

It wasn't really that chaotic, all things considered.

Shafir (1-0) did exactly what she's been doing on the amateur circuit and that's taking women down and making them tap. It helps when you train full time with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion, but then again, the Tater-hater is an accomplished grappler herself.

From Glendale News-Press:

Judo isn't just for anyone and Shafir took a liking it to it when she was just 6.

But after her time on the junior circuit, Shafir said good-bye to judo in large part due to injuries and the incurring cost of participating taken on by her parents.

"I just quit," Shafir says. "There was no reason to do it anymore."

Thereafter, she took on jobs bar tending and at coffee shops, but it was her time taking up jiu jitsu that accelerated her path toward mixed martial arts.

"I didn't really know about MMA until I was 18 or 19 and I went to a restaurant and they were playing [the fights]," Shafir recalls. "I didn't take too much interest in them. Once I started to go to jiu jitsu, I started to take more interest."

It certainly paid off.

But is there a spot for her in UFC? Not yet, as the promotion does not offer a featherweight division, which leaves Shafir with the option of cutting down to bantamweight, joining Invicta FC, or competing in regional shows until UFC establishes a 145-pound weight class.

If it does, she won't be the only big name in that division.

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