Tara LaRosa vs. Shayna Baszler
The Montana Grizzlies aren’t the only force that’s going to rock Billings as one of the fore-mothers of women’s mixed martial arts is returning after some well-deserved time.
Former BoDog champion, Invicta FC veteran and journeywoman Tara LaRosa returns to the cage in the main event of the May 15 Fusion Fight League event to take on Katie Howard. Fusion Fight League announced the bout earlier this month and La Rosa confirmed the fight on her Facebook page with a picture of her holding the contract.
LaRosa is coming off a decision loss to Roxanne Modafferi back in September in the third fight of their trilogy. It was a technical, emotional and fun bout – something that should be in every third bout of a trilogy. She is currently riding a three-fight losing streak and is looking to start fresh and Howard will be an interesting test. What we have is the younger lioness taking on the experienced, well-rounded leader of the pack.
Howard (3-4-1) has only been in the professional fight game for a couple of years but she’s racked up quite a bit of mileage, fighting seven times in 2014, including a split-decision win over the previously unbeaten Amy Cadwell Montenegro. In her last bout she dropped a decision to Kathrina Catron. She also went 3-4 as an amateur.
LaRosa is riding a three-fight losing streak but those were all by decision. Before that she racked up three wins, including a submission victory over Carina Damm. She’s 37 and has been competing since 2001 and that’s just as a MMA fighter. Sure critics can wave the “age” card but as we saw with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, age isn’t necessarily a hindrance.
While LaRosa doesn’t have the “right leg, hospital: left leg, cemetery” like the Croatian Sensation, she has a dangerous submission game, good hands and a wealth of experience on her side.
This is the biggest fight in Howard’s career and this could be her chance to shine.
As for LaRosa, Howard could be the first in a long line of victories that could take her career to the next level.