Building on the recent talent-sharing relationship between the two, Invicta FC has announced that Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (6-0) is headed for Strikeforce. Though she’ll need at least one win under the promotion’s banner before challenging for the belt, chances are McMann’s addition signals a new challenger for fellow Olympian (and bantamweight champion) Ronda Rousey at some point int he near future.
“I am saddened not to be fighting in the first Invicta FC bantamweight title fight,” said McMann in a press release from Invicta FC confirming the move. “I am not sure how long my MMA career will last and, with the time I have left in the sport, I need to take every opportunity that comes my way to fight the best competition out there, so this move is part of a bigger picture for me.”
“Since Invicta FC and Strikeforce work closely together. I hope I will have another opportunity to fight for Invicta FC. Shannon Knapp and Janet Martin have treated the other fighters and me better than any other promotion I have ever worked with and I am grateful to them for helping me with this opportunity in Strikeforce,” continued McMann, elaborating on the developing partnership between the two organizations.
Knapp, the Invicta FC President, also offered up her take on the move, stating, “Since we established Invicta FC at the beginning of this year, our goal has been to produce the best possible matchups between women mixed martial artists and, to achieve this, we sometimes need to import talent like Sarah Kaufman from elsewhere as well as to send talent like Sara McMann to a place like Strikeforce where there is a healthy amount of championship level professional women’s MMA competition just like there is on our roster.”
McMann is expected to make her Strikeforce debut in the coming months, perhaps as soon as November.
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