Former UFC title contender Sara McMann returned into the octagon in impressive fashion at last night’s UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux.
McMann went up against undefeated star and former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy. The Olympian used her mat wrestling skills and strength to get a split-decision win. While on top of Murphy for the first round she landed some punches an elbow. However, Murphy was more active on the bottom, unleashing her own elbows to McMann’s skull.
With her comeback fight behind her, McMann is ready to get climb back up the ladder and face UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, but she isn’t gunning for the champion just yet.
In a post-fight interview, McMann said she feels Cat Zingano deserves the next title shot against Rousey. Zinagno is scheduled to face Amanda Nunes in September. McMann added that she would face someone like Miesha Tate if the UFC put the former Strikeforce champion in front of her.
Tate is scheduled to fight Japan’s Rin Nakai, Sept. 20, in Japan. I think McMann would be a good opponent for the winner of that bout. Tate is a good well-rounded fighter who specializes in the grappling area. She would be a good test for McMann to see if she’s ready for a rematch against the Rowdy one.
As for Nakai, it may not make the most sense if you’re looking at rankings, but McMann would certainly etch her name in Japanese MMA books for being the first fighter to give Nakai a loss – assuming Nakai beats Tate in September.
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