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Former UFC fighter Shayna Baszler trying out for WWE


Over a year after being released by the UFC, former MMA fighter Shayna Baszler is receiving a tryout at the WWE Performance Center.

Baszler, a longtime pro wrestling fan, made the transition from the Octagon to the squared circle after asking for her release because her contract didn't allow her to do pro wrestling. She made her in-ring debut in September of 2015 and has gone on to wrestle for a number of promotions.

Notably, Baszler generated headlines when she defeated Heidi Lovelace for the AIW Women's Championship earlier this month. After the match, Baszler was joined by Four Horsewomen friends Ronda Rousey and Jessamyn Duke to celebrate the victory.

The 36-year-old Baszler finished with an 0-2 record in the UFC, with losses to Bethe Correia and current women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, after a lengthy career outside of MMA's top promotion.

Squared Circle Sirens first reported the news of Baszler's WWE tryout, and it was subsequently confirmed by our Dave Meltzer.