It was a little odd to see Shana “Rock Solid” Olsen walking around backstage at Target Center on Saturday night, looking gorgeous in high heels and a dress.
There’s no way that was the same woman who just minutes ago was in the cage, engaging in a three-round war with one of the planet’s best female fighters.
But as hard as it is to believe, that young woman with the big blue eyes and pretty smile is a savage in the cage. And she showed mixed martial arts fans in Minnesota exactly what she’s made of Saturday during the XKL’s “Evolution II: Mayhem in Minneapolis.”
When Olsen signed on to fight EliteXC veteran Yoko Takahashi, who at the time was ranked as high as No. 6 in the world at 145 pounds, she knew it was the biggest opportunity of her young career and certainly the toughest opponent she’d ever seen inside the cage.
Olsen had a great deal of respect for Takahashi entering the fight. But she never was intimidated.
When the leather finally began to fly Saturday, Olsen (4-0) was ready.
What ensued was a three-round, back-and-forth, knock-down, drag-it-out MMA showdown that was worthy of a main event for any mixed martial arts promotion in the world.
While Olsen clearly was the more devastating striker, both fighters had chances to finish the fight with deep, tight submission attempts.
Takahashi darted across the cage as soon as the referee said “fight.” But Rock Solid rocked her with a right, and Takahashi looked for the takedown.
After a takedown, Takahashi was able to pass Olsen’s guard and gain full mount. She rained down some decent