With only a small number of fights under her belt, UFC bantamweight Sara McMann has accomplished a great deal in her short career.
Beginning in 2011, the Olympic Silver medalist in wrestling has managed to amass a record of seven professional victories and has only faltered once. Her singular failing came in February of this year and in her second fight in the brand. Facing off against the division’s version of the “Incredible Hulk,” McMann was summarily smashed by undefeated champion Ronda Rousey in minute-six-seconds of their match, and subsequently sent to the canvas in smoldering defeat.
Now three months removed from her UFC 170 demise, McMann is “itching” to get back into ring and her opponent of choice would be the No. 5 ranked Sarah Kaufman. As the former Olympian’s manager, Monte Cox, stated on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight, the No. 4 McMann “wants” the 1 – 0 – 1 (UFC) Canadian fighter.
In terms of an assignment though, McMann might be barking up the wrong tree. Fresh off of her April 16 unanimous decision victory over Leslie Smith – The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy – Kaufman has been on the prowl looking for a fight with either Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano. As such, McMann’s powerful wrestling style doesn’t appear to be on Kaufman’s radar screen.
However, and luckily for McMann, that might not matter.
Tate has stated that she’d be interested in a fight with Kaufman – a rematch of a 2009 Strikeforce bout and a fight that Tate lost by way of unanimous decision – however “Cupcake” isn’t looking for a “quick turnaround” from her April 19 defeat of Liz Carmouche; a unanimous decision victory at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne.
Regarding the No. 1 ranked Cat Zingano, she’s been medically cleared to return to fighting – “Alpha” has been out with a knee injury since May of last year – but it’s more likely that she’ll bide her time waiting for the outcome of the (champion) Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis title fight, which is scheduled for UFC 175 and July 5, as opposed to accepting a bout with Kaufman.
As such, and regardless of whether or not Kaufman might be interested in taking on McMann and her aggressive wrestling style, she may very well end up finding herself doing so later this summer. No. 4 against No. 5 is a fight that makes a lot of sense and a bout that would have considerable impact upon the weight class. Resultantly, fans shouldn’t be shocked if McMann’s call-out of Kaufman comes to pass, and the two are assigned a match.