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UFC 170: McMann Understands Rousey Might “Get Under my Skin”

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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 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.

  • raker says:

    STOKED for this fight! This is what pure MMA is all about. An Olympic silver medalist in Wrestling vs an Olympic Bronze medalist in Judo. I also see that McMann won a Gold medal in Submission Wrestling in 2009 as well which adds an intesresting dynamic as her ground skills have obviously developed past olympic wrestling. Can’t wait!!

  • Angry Mike says:

    During the after show on UFC 168, one of the commentators–can’t remember which one–said that Rousey and McMann have some kind of pre-MMA history/rivalry. Anybody know the details on that?

  • raker says:

    No details per se but I’m fairly sure they were in discussions to fight before in Strikeforce. No doubt they’ve crossed paths. Although they were on separate Olympic teams, they were both gold medalists in the 2007 pan American games. I love to see this caliber of match up in mma.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think they were trying to hint that there was some rivalry because McMann got Silver and Ronda got Bronze in their sport for the American team at the same olympics.


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