UFC 159: Sara McMann’s UFC Debut


Sara McMann will be joining a number of fighters who use to call Strikeforce their home until entering the octagon of the UFC.

McMann faces Sheila Gaff on Saturday at UFC 159. But will she rise or fall in her debut bout?

Talking with the fighter you wouldn’t think this was a big deal at all to her. She shrugged off the notion that nerves would take part in her performance. The fighter didn’t even feel it when she was at the Olympics, “that was the pinnacle of my career. I just don’t feel it the way other people do. I don’t know why that is, but I think part of it is I’m naturally a thrill seeker.”


McMann has a 6-0 record, if she wins against Gaff she could be runner up for a title shot. Although Rousey and Zingano are caught up in TUF 18, so if she wants the title shot she’ll have to fight a few more times before that. Maybe she can take a swing at Meisha Tate?

“If (Rousey) gets beat by Cat, then I’ll have the skill set to be Cat Zingano. And I just think that’s the way that every high level athlete thinks about those things.”