With past victories over the likes of Hitomi Akano and Shayna Baszler, as well as an Olympic pedigree including a silver medal in wrestling, UFC bantamweight Sara McMann has emerged as a legitimate force in MMA and is by all accounts ready for a crack at champion Ronda Rousey. McMann introduced herself to UFC fans over the weekend with a first-frame stoppage of Sheila Gaff at UFC 159, adding weight to the argument regarding McMann’s hopes of a title-fight. However, it turns out the 32-year old grappler isn’t in a rush to rumble with Rousey.
According to McMann, though she certainly wants a shot at Rousey’s belt, the ability to continue competing and refine her attack is equally appealing. As such, McMann won’t be waiting around for Rousey to settle her score with opposing TUF 18 coach Cat Zingano.
“If I could (fight again) in 2-3 months that would be golden, so hopefully soon,” responded McMann when asked by MMAFighting about her immediate plans. “They have things they’re doing and they’re on their track, and I’d like to stay active.”
“Every time I step in (the ring) I’m growing and improving and getting more comfortable, and I love it. To me, if I fight (Rousey) in four fights or I fight her in one fight…just to get to the title, it doesn’t matter. It’s more time for me to grow as a fighter,” McMann concluded.
McMann improved her in-ring mark to 7-0 with the win over Gaff. It was also the fourth finish of her career.
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