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Jessica Zomcik says Marina Shafir is just riding Ronda Rousey's coattails

Jessica Zomcik wants to fight Marina Shafir
Jessica Zomcik wants to fight Marina Shafir
Courtesy of Marina Shafir

During the Feb. 24 episode of ProWMMA Now!, fast-rising Ohio fighter Jessica "The Zombie" Zomcik had some harsh words for California featherweight star Marina Shafir.

Zomcik, 26, says Shafir isn't well-rounded and that she is just riding Ronda Rousey's coattails to get big fights.

I really feel like she's riding the coattails of Ronda Rousey. I saw her fight. She fought on the same card as me for Tuff-N-Uff, but she wasn't in the tournament. It was just one fight for the title. I'm not really impressed with her skillset. I mean, she's got judo. But other than that, I feel that she's just riding along with Rousey. They are going to give her fights just because of the name and who she's associated with. But yeah I mean that would be an awesome fight. I think it would really shine a light on who is more skilled and well-rounded fighter.

Zomcik and Shafir have been two of the top 145-pound amateur fighters for some time now, so there has been plenty of speculation amongst fight fans that they would someday battle each other inside the cage.

"The Zombie" is set to fight Summer Bradshaw on March 1 at the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, but she already seems to be looking ahead at a clash with Shafir.

Since she was featured on the same card as Shafir last winter at Tuff-N-Uff in Las Vegas, Zomcik had the opportunity to get a close look at the standout judoka in action.

Zomcik says she wasn't impressed by what she saw out of Shafir that night, even though "The Supernova from Moldova" had a first-round submission victory.

"Absolutely, yeah," Zomcik said when asked if she could beat Shafir. "Anywhere it goes, I would be comfortable. That would be funny though [if I beat her by armbar.]