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Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado (born January 26, 1992) is an American professional wrestler signed to the WWE and mixed martial artist signed to the UFC, where she is the current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. In both wrestling and MMA she uses her WWE ring name Sasha Banks. In wrestling she is a former two-time WWE Women's Champion.

Professional wrestling career

Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)

Independent circuit promotions (2010–2012)

WWE

NXT (2012–2015)

Women's Revolution (2015–2016)

Feud with The Horsewomen (2016–2018)

Bullet Club (2018–present)

In October 2017 Bayley turned heel on Banks and Charlotte Flair attacking both, this would lead to her joining Bullet Club alongside Becky Lynch and feud with Banks and Flair, but in April 2018 both Flair and Banks joined Bullet Club.

Mixed martial arts career

Sasha Banks
Born Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado
January 26, 1992 (1992-01-26) (age 26)
Fairfield, California, U.S.
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 52 kg (114 lb; 8 st 2 lb)
Division Strawweight
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Boston, Massachusetts
Rank      Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under James Harrison
Years active 2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 14
By knockout 9
By submission 5
Losses 2
No Contests 2

Record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–2 (2) Joanna Jędrzejczyk KO (head kick) UFC 223 April 7, 2018 4 4:58 Brooklyn, NY Won the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 13–2 (2) Joanna Jędrzejczyk KO (head kick) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 2 2:49 New York City, NY Won the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 12–2 (2) Kailin Curran Submission (armbar) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 1 0:59 Anaheim, CA
Win 11–2 (2) Rose Namajunas KO (punches) UFC on Fox 24 April 15, 2017 5 3:37 Kanas City, MO Fight of the Night
Win 10–2 (2) Amanda Cooper KO (spin kick) UFC 209 Las Vegas, NV 1 1:03 Las Vegas, NV
Win 9–2 (2) Nina Ansaroff KO (spinning back fist) UFC Fight Night 103 January 15, 2017 5 4:13 Phoenix, AZ Fight of the Night
Win 8–2 (2) Paige VanZant KO (punches) UFC on Fox 22 December 17, 2016 5 4:49 Sacramento, CA Fight of the Night
Win 7–2 (2) Alexa Grasso KO (high kick) UFC Fight Night 98 November 5, 2016 2 2:44 Mexico City, Mexico
NC 6–2 (2) Cortney Casey No Contest (Knee to a downed opponent) UFC Fight Night 91 July 13, 2016 2 0:32 Sioux Falls, SD A no contest was declared when Casey accidentally kneed Banks whilst downed and Banks was unable to continue.
Win 6–2 (1) Rose Namajunas Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox 19 April 16, 2016 3 1:01 Tampa, FL
Win 5–2 (1) Seohee Hamm Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night 85 March 20, 2016 2 1:13 Brisbane, Australia
NC 4–2 (1) Tecia Torres No Contest (Double KO) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 2 3:13 Las Vegas, NV
Loss 4–2 Joanna Jędrzejczyk Decision (split) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 5 5:00 Melbourne, Australia For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Loss 4–1 Paige VanZant Decision (split) UFC 191 September 5, 2015 5 5:00 Las Vegas, NV
Win 4–0 Mizuki Inoue KO (punches) Invicta 9 November 1, 2014 2 2:55 Davenport, IO Defended the Invicta FC Strawweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Stephanie Eggink Submission (crossface) Invicta FC 8 September 6, 2014 5 2:03 Kansas City, MO Won the vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Tecia Torres Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 7 December 7, 2013 1 1:32 Kansas City, MO
Win 1–0 Ayaka Hamasaki KO (punches) Invicta FC 6 July 13, 2013 2 1:14 Kansas City, MO

In Wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Bankrupt (Straight jacket neckbreaker slam) – 2013–2014; used as a signature move thereafter
    • Bank Statement (Bridging crossface, often transitioned from a double knee backbreaker) – 2014–present
    • Frog splash – tribute to Eddie Guerrero
    • Armbar – 2017–present
  • Signature moves
    • Diving double knee drop to an opponent trapped between the turnbuckles
    • High knee to a cornered opponent
    • Japanese arm drag
    • Monkey flip
    • Multiple forehand chops
    • Multiple pinning variations
      • Crucifix
      • Roll-up, sometimes while bridging
      • Small package
      • Wheelbarrow victory roll
    • Reverse chinlock with bodyscissors
    • Springboard arm drag
    • Straight jacket, sometimes preceded by a double knee backbreaker
    • Suicide dive
    • Superplex
    • Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
  • Nicknames
    • ​"The (Legit) Boss"
  • ​Entrance Themes
    • "Fastest Girl Alive" (instrumental) by David W. Ayers (2013–2014)
    • "Sky's the Limit" by CFO$ (August 28, 2014–present)
    • "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss (November 22, 2014 – July 6, 2015, May 9 – December 19, 2016; used as a member of The Four Horsewomen)
    • "Amazing" by CFO$ ft. Trinity Fatu (July 13, 2015 – January 9, 2016; used as a member of Team B.A.D.)
    • "Unity" by CFO$ ft. J-Frost (January 9, 2016 – February 1, 2016; used as a member of Team B.A.D.)

Championships and Accomplishments

1 Banks and Flair won the titles on both occasions but Bayley and Lynch are recognised as champions under the freebird rule.