Ronda Rousey has made a lot of firsts in the UFC, but when Sara McMann enters the Octagon for the first time on Feb. 22, she will one-up the controversial Rousey, at least on some respects.
McMann, 7-0, will be the first female with an Olympic silver medal to enter the UFC. McMann, 33, won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She won her medal four years before Rousey took home a bronze medal in 2008.
McMann will collide with Rousey in the main event of UFC 170. While Rousey’s story has been told, McMann has maintained a relatively low profile. She knocked out Sheila Gaff at UFC 159 in April, and has not fought in the octagon since, leaving many fans wondering who the heck this title contender is.
Here are 10 facts about Sara McMann.
1. McMann won the Olympic silver medal in freestyle wrestling. She was the first U.S. woman to win the silver medal wrestling.
2. She’s a mom; her daughter is 4 years old
3. She 33 years old, seven years older than Rousey
4. She won the silver medal in the 2003 World Championships and a bronze medal in 2005 and 2007 World Championships.
5. She’s had her nose broken in two of her fights
6. She has a master’s degree in mental health counseling
7. She won a silver medal and the 2009 FILA Grappling World Championship
8. She placed second at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club’s 2011 North American Championships
9. She won the USGWA High School National Championship in 1998.
10. She is not a fan of Rousey’s mouth.
Here’s what she told fcfighter.com in 2012:
“I wouldn’t term her a role model, not one that I would want my daughter to look up to. She’s intelligent in marketing. Either she doesn’t mind what she is saying or she doesn’t mind riling people up. As an athlete I most certainly respect her skills and her throws and submissions.But as far as something to look up to? I don’t feel like that.”