UFC women’s bantamweight contender Sara McMann is known for her wrestling acumen, which earned her a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
But in tomorrow’s showdown with Miesha Tate at UFC 183, she describes her improving standup skills as key to the fight.
“My definite strength is my wrestling,” McMann admits in an interview with Heidi Fang of MMA Fight Corner. “But I think my standup has come a long way as well — a little more polished, a little stronger. That will be huge, winning the standup as well.”
McMann was undefeated in a seven-fight MMA career when she earned a title shot last year at UFC 170. That night, she was flattened by a knee to the body, courtesy of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, in a first round TKO loss. She won her only bout since then, a split decision win against Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47.
Now, McMann is eager to earn another shot at the strap — regardless of the outcome of Rousey’s next defense, which will come against Cat Zingano next month at UFC 184.
“This absolutely sets me up for another title shot,” McMann says. “We’re number two and number three… and depending on how it plays out, it will be against Cat or Ronda, but I’d really like to fight Ronda again either way.”
McMann and Tate are both ranked among the top ten in the division.
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