Sara McMann Itching For Octagon Return, Wants Sarah Kaufman Next

Sara McMann Itching For Octagon Return, Wants Sarah Kaufman Next


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. 

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  • HunterB

    McMann has the ability to beat Rousey. It's a matter if she does the right things…. I personally believe their first fight was stopped way too early.

    • TheXperience

      Come on man… McMann had nothing for Rousey, she was getting fucked up!

      • Brian Cox

        XP – we have to admit though, what McMann executed had to be the stupidest game plan imaginable. I'd like to see SM get another shot, but this time use her wrestling to keep Rousey at bay and keep her standing. However, to rush in and spend no time trying to feel Rousey out on the feet, was just dumb.

        It was a depressing outcome for what we all thought was going to be a good fight. I'd like to see what McMann could do with a decent strategy. I'm not saying she wins, but of all the fighters currently signed I still think she's the only one that has a shot at beating the champ.

        • TheXperience

          I agree with that… her gameplan SUCKEDDDD ass!!!
          but i think Miesha still is the biggest threat to Rousey.
          She also made a critical error in the rematch. She kept
          going for the takedown and sent on a flight. She is
          however the only one that survived on the ground for an
          extended period of time and took Rousey out of the first round.
          The Miesha Tate we saw in the 3rd round of Tate vs Carmouche, is the Miesha that could beat Rousey. Just calculated aggression!