Fight fans know by now that Baszler fell short against Pena in a key elimination fight on "TUF 18," but the South Dakota native believes she would emerge victorious in that matchup at least 99% of the time.
"Julianna showed up that day and fought for her life. I didn’t. Bottom line," Baszler said in her blog, immediately after fight fans learned that she did not advance. "Like her or not, she fought for her life at a time when I felt she didn’t even deserve to be in the cage with me. I still to this day say 99 out of 100 times, I win this fight. She just happened to do whatever it took to have her 1/100 happen on that day. The most frustrating part of all of this being that all the new fans of WMMA and of the QoS will only hate because I was so confident going into this fight, it comes off as arrogant. Julianna Pena is not better than the Queen of Spades. But many will believe it after this…foolish mortals.
"I was devastated. Over 11 years of work. Of fighting for gas money. And here it is, what I finally deserve. And I couldn’t get up??? WTF? It’s over. My shot. I still say I was the best female in that house. And for whatever reason, I didn’t fight like it. Watch it again, people. I had zero urgency. And I would pay for that by losing to arguably the girl with the least amount of technique in the house. If there’s one thing that all of you in the Queen’s Army should take from this, it’s how far the need to fight for your life can take you. And nothing can really make you feel better during a time like this. Of course, there’s a long season left. And anything can happen, and I should stay ready…but none of that helps the way you feel right then after the fight in the locker room."
Fight fans had mixed reactions to the end of the second episode of "TUF 18," when Ronda Rousey called out Miesha Tate for "smiling" and "smirking" at Baszler's painful loss to Pena.
Most think Tate did nothing wrong, as she was simply celebrating a victory of a fighter she had coached. Baszler seems to agree, noting that Tate wasn't being disrespectful following the loss.
"I didn’t understand it at the time, but would very much come to understand it as the show progressed," Baszler explained. "Even if you celebrate your friend winning, if that’s truly a friend on the other side of the cage, you still share tears in their loss. I’m not a crier. I didn’t get it. Some people are different. And like I said, I’ve never had a problem with Miesha [Tate]. I don’t think she meant it as an offense when I lost. But I know that Ronda shared tears with me. And she had my back. And I know she still believes in me. And I will go on forever to say that the QoS and the Queen’s Army will forever be a part of Armbar Nation, until the day when we face each other on the battlefield."