Sara McMann didn’t blame referee Herb Dean for her stoppage loss to Ronda Rousey Saturday night at UFC 170.
Despite some feeling as if the bout was ended early after Rousey landed a liver shot that dropped McMann to the canvas, the former Olympic silver medalist wasn’t one of them.
“I was trying to get back up, but that is my own fault,” she said. “(The referee) sees a fighter drop, they have to protect us. I should have got to my feet faster.”
McMann suffered her first career loss, falling to 7-1. She came right after Rousey and landed several big strikes, forcing the action up against the fence.
“I should have got off the cage quicker,” McMann said. “That would have kept me from getting (hit with a knee).
“I thought it was a good fight; I got hit in the liver. No matter how hard you train, you can’t get your liver stronger.”
McMann said she hopes for a rematch and that she will “go back to the drawing board.”