While some fighters are known for being vocal before, during and after their fights, some fighters tend to their talking inside of the cage with their fists, rather than their mouths.
Former Strikeforce women’s champion Sarah Kaufman (16-2) is one of those fighters and she is set to make her UFC debut against Olympic medalist Sara McMann (7-0), at the UFC on Fox Sports 1 event, Aug. 28.
For most of her career, Kaufman has kept quiet about her personal life, focusing mostly on training and improving her skills. Some fans may see Kaufman’s lack of exposure as boring. I mean how are fans supposed to have an inside look into Kaufman’s life if we do not know who she is dating, how wasted she got at the club or which fighters and referees she is feuding with on Twitter.
That does not mean fighters shouldn’t be allowed to do this, nor should we look down upon them for what they say or do on Twitter. If fans are entertained by the antics of their favorite fighters, that’s great. And while Kaufman has voiced her thoughts on women’s MMA in the past, but her feuds – if she has any real beef with someone that goes beyond the realm of a press conference – have never reached the point that they have with feuds like Ronda Rousey (7-0) and Miesha Tate (13-4). Rousey at one point even referred to Kaufman as a “cool chick.”
Still, because one person prefers to focus on training rather than blasting her opponent’s names to the wind, does not make them boring.
One thing is for certain, when Kaufman steps inside of the cage, she is anything but boring.
During her Strikeforce reign, Kaufman had been compared to former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage Jackson (32-11). This could be because of both fighters having the kind of power that sends their opponents to the canvas. There was also the time where I watched Kaufman scored a knockout win after slammed Roxanne Moderaffi (15-10), which brought back flashbacks of Rampage power bombing Ricardo Arona (14-5) back in Pride.
Another fighter Kaufman has been compared to, Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 1NC). This is more of a fitting comparison in my opinion because both fighters have a tendency to get in there and brawl with their opponents. They also rarely have boring fights. While Silva has a plethora of highlight reels, Kaufman’s wars with Leslie Smith (6-3-1) and Alexis Davis (14-5) are just two of her matches that have kept fans on the edge of their seats.
A third comparison is that while both are warriors inside of the cage, they are two of the sweetest people on the planet. Instead of posting pictures of the drinks she had last night, Kaufman posts pictures of her instructing children at her gym and having fun with her friends. This doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to cut loose. Just watch the video of her in Harlem Shake video featuring her and the rest of the fighters who train at Greg Jackson’s gym. There is also a funny photo of her and UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones (18-1).
As the upcoming match, which I am dubbing the “War of the Sara(h)’s,” it could go either way.
Kaufman has more experience than McMann and has more strength in the striking department. Although the Olympian dominated Sheila Gaff (10-5-1) in their match, Kaufman would probably be the fighter to have more respect for McMann when it comes to the takedown department. She also has numerous grapplers to train with, including Jones, Invicta FC champion Michelle Waterson (11-3) and fellow UFC fighter Julie Kedzie (16-12).
On the other side, McMann’s striking seems to be improving. She can also absorb some punishment, as we saw when she took some knees to the body from Gaff, as they were pressed up against the cage. Regardless of who wins this match, this fight, like Kaufman, will be anything but boring.
Kaufman is #2 in the UFC rankings, under Cat Zingano (8-0). If she defeats McMann, she could very well be on her way toward her first UFC title shot.
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