Although most people were expecting Cat Zingano would be the next women to challenge UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, the promotion has tapped Sara McMann for a title shot, as Zingano continues to recover from knee surgery. McMann may not be a familiar name to casual fans, but the Olympic Silver Medalist wrestler has done nothing but win since transitioning into MMA.
While many observers believe McMann’s wrestling pedigree will pose some interesting challenges for Rousey, it will be interesting to see if the two engage in any verbal jousting as the fight approaches. After all, Rousey’s approval ratings aren’t exactly through the roof right now, as a result of her highly publicized rivalry with Miesha Tate (culminating in the handshake diss of course…)
So what does McMann make of all the heat Rousey’s been taking lately? And is she expecting a similar beef to materialize with the renowned fighter? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here is some of what the 33 year-old had to say on the subject.
“I know I hear from people in my gym that there was a negativity toward her with everything that went down on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’” McMann said. “I see the way that she was treating people. I just think that in life, I don’t care how good you are. If you treat people in certain ways, it doesn’t take long for people to say, ‘I don’t really like that.’ I think it was a matter of time.”
“I’m just going to prepare for anything that could possibly happen, something that would throw me off my game or get inside my head,” McMann said. “I’m going to be ready if it happens. I don’t respect a Tate rivalry, but I’m not naive enough to think she’s not going to say anything that would get under my skin. I think that would be foolish.”
It will be interesting to see what happens, although, chances are the pre-fight drama won’t be anything like what just went down between Tate and Rousey.
UFC 170 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will also feature former light-heavyweight champ Rashad Evans taking on Daniel Cormier.