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Sara McMann is the epitome of the fighter whose expectations have exceeded her performance. And that’s really not her fault. When Ronda Rousey was using her Olympic judo to utterly dominate in the cage, it was only logical for everyone to assume that McMann was capable of something similar with her Olympic wrestling. But she wasn’t, so it’s been a long road to her progression as elite female fighter.

Ketlen Vieira is no world-class athlete, although her jiu-jitsu brown belt and judo black belt has enabled her to get two wins in two Octagon appearances.

The first round begins with McMann throwing a couple punches but then totally committing to wrestling the Brazilian to the ground. She is, of course, successful, and from with Vieira’s guard she drops fists and elbows. Vieira stays active, and eventually, she’s twisted around and is suddenly threatening with a heelhook. McMann nullifies it, and the horn sounds with them stalemated.

The wrestler hunts for that same fortune on the ground once the second round commences, but Vieira catches her snoozing and sweeps her to the canvas. Vieira settles into top position, and though she doesn’t pass McMann’s guard, she slips on the head/arm choke… and McMann taps.


Results: Ketlen Vieira def. Sara McMann via Submission (Head/Arm Choke) at 4:16, R2