Sara McMann is one of the few females who has made an impact in the sport and remained unbeaten. While McMann isn’t hoping for a loss anytime soon, she knows it’s unavoidable and used current champions Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva as proof.
“GSP’s lost and Anderson Silva, and they’re phenomenal,” said McMann on The MMA Hour. “They just had to take a little bit longer road, a detour on the way to the top. When I really feel those things, I think I take away that humongous fear of what a loss can mean and I make it not such a bad thing — something I still don’t want to happen — but then I’m free to go out and perform to best of my ability.”
Silva and St-Pierre suffered minor losses before going on to dominate their division.
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist in wrestling currently sits at 6-0 with two stoppages. Since turning professional in May 2011, McMann’s most high level shows were out of Titan FC and Invicta FC. She took Fight of the Night for her decision over Shayna Baszler during Invicta FC’s July show. McMann makes her UFC debut against fellow bantamweight Sheila Gaff.
Gaff is 10-4 and has three straight wins, including the previous two coming from Cage Warriors.
They will be the third WMMA bout in UFC history as they compete on the preliminary end of UFC 159. It’s this Saturday, April 27, from Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center.