The notion of two Olympic medalists facing off in the Octagon is an appealing thought, especially when considering both have remained unbeaten since transitioning into Mixed Martial Arts. However, in the case of judoka Ronda Rousey and wrestler Sara McMann, it doesn’t sound like the two will tussle until the latter is a bit more established.
McMann spoke about the possibility of fighting Rousey in a recent interview with Inside MMA where she admitted she needed to increase her mainstream profile before a rumble with “Rowdy Ronda” truly makes sense.
“There needs to be a proper buildup to a fight like that. People don’t really know me that well and they definitely know her, so it just doesn’t make sense to have it without a strong following for me, too,” explained McMann, adding she was well aware of the pairing’s potential and still expects them to mix it up at some point down the road. “Pretty much since the first time I said I was gonna be in MMA, people were like, ‘I heard Ronda Rousey is gonna be in it, you guys should fight.’”
The 32-year old McMann has made a name for herself in the sport by compiling a 6-0 record in relatively small organizations such as ProElite and Invicta FC where she beat notable opponents including Tonya Evinger, Hitomi Akano, and Shayna Baszler. She was expected to make her Strikeforce debut earlier this month but was forced to withdraw from the fight for health-related reasons. McMann is one of the fighters the UFC has targeted for a spot on the roster when the organization introduces a female bantamweight division in 2013.
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