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Kentucky standout Gina 'Jellybean' Begley to fight Marissa Smith

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According to a March 25 tweet from Gina "Jellybean" Begley, the Kentucky standout is set to make her grand return to the cage this summer, against an extremely talented, undefeated opponent.

Begley, 33, hasn't competed in the cage since Oct. of last year, when she submitted Hannah McNitt via rear-naked choke.

Despite the long layoff, she has remained in fighting shape and should be ready for war after her upcoming fight camp.

"Jellybean" announced that she has accepted a bout against Marissa Smith, a Shamrock FC vet who fights out of Missouri.

There's some confusion as to what Smith's record is, as The UG lists her at 3-0 and Sherdog has her at just 1-0.

Marq Piocos of Wombat Sports lists Smith at 6-0, and Begley believes the Missouri native holds an undefeated 7-0 record in the amateur ranks.

What we do know for sure is that Smith is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Crystal Stevens and that she is a heavy-handed striker with one-punch knockout power.

"I accepted a fight May 16th for Rumble Time in Missouri against Marissa Smith (7-0). Super excited to get back in the cage!" Begley tweeted to her legion of Twitter followers.

Begley, a tall, lanky flyweight who holds a 4-2 record in the amateur MMA ranks, will look to use her extensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience from training at Richmond, Kentucky's AFS Academy to secure the victory.

Smith vs Begley, on paper at least, is a classic striker versus BJJ ace matchup.

Will ring rust play a factor in this fight?

By the time Begley enters the cage opposite Smith, seven months will have gone by since her last bout.

"Jellybean" was scheduled to fight Alyssa Vasquez on Nov. 23 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee, but that fight fell through due to the latter withdrawing to pursue a career opportunity.

Smith, on the other hand, will have had just a two month layoff between fights.

WMMA fans can check the Rumble Time Promotions Facebook page for updates on the card.


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