Sara McMann did one better than Ronda Rousey in terms of Olympic medals, securing a silver during the 2004 Olympic Games in wrestling. Rousey, the current UFC bantamweight champion, scored bronze in judo four years later.
Now, as Rousey remains atop the female division in MMA, McMann is set to make her Octagon debut next month against Sheila Gaff at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.
McMann (6-0) is also unbeaten in her MMA career, just like Rousey. The two have appeared to be on the verge of crossing paths for a while now, and a win over Gaff would go a long way in making that happen.
But, does McMann see a way to stop the freight train that is “Rowdy?” Of course, as she recently told Bleacher Report.
“I don’t view Ronda Rousey as unstoppable because I don’t view any fighter as unstoppable, or any athlete in general,” she said. “Everybody has strengths. Coming with strengths, the natural thing is you will have weaknesses in certain areas.”
McMann’s ground game would obviously be viewed as her strength, but that also plays in Rousey’s, as it allows her a better opportunity to lock in an armbar – the move she’s used to win all of her fights to date.