Last weekend, a number of fighters formerly calling Strikeforce home were officially unveiled inside the Octagon at UFC on FOX 7. While a handful performed up to the standards each had established entering the organization, a number of others failed to show the same flash and failed to impress.
Bantamweight Sara McMann will be in a similar position this weekend at UFC 159 when she faces Sheila Gaff, though to hear the silver medalist wrestler talk about it you might think otherwise. McMann recently spoke with MMAFightCorner about her upcoming clash where she shrugged off the notion of nerves affecting her performance in a negative way.
“I didn’t feel it remotely at the Olympics and that was the pinnacle of my career. I just don’t feel it the way other people do. I don’t know why that is, but I think part of it is I’m just naturally a thrill seeker. The more nervous I get, it just translates into excitement for me,” explained McMann.
If the 6-0 McMann maintains her unblemished record with a win over Gaff she will likely find herself in the discussion for a title-shot. However, with divisional queen Ronda Rousey currently tied up with TUF 18 and a future tilt with Cat Zingano, chances are McMann will need to compete at least one more time before getting her crack at the championship. It’s a likelihood McMann is comfortable with based on her self-confidence, feeling as though she can take out any foe she faces whether it’s Rousey, Zingano, or someone else.
“I believe I do. I don’t think I’d be fighting if I didn’t either naturally have it or acquire it to be the best in the world,” said McMann on possessing the ability to beat whomever she hooks up with in the cage. “And if (Rousey) gets beat by Cat, then I’ll have the skill set to beat Cat Zingano. And I just think that’s the way that every high level athlete thinks about those things.”
Fans can catch McMann-Gaff on the preliminary portion of UFC 159 set to air on FX.
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