Once the dust settled on Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate’s historic rivalry, #4 ranked contender Sara McMann emerged as the surprise selection for the next women’s bantamweight title shot.
McMann certainly has the right credentials. She’s an undefeated fighter, an Olympic silver medalist, and won her most recent fight with a first round TKO. However, that win is her sole victory in the UFC to date, and even stranger, there are two solid contenders ahead of her in line for a title shot.
Even McMann seems surprised by the decision.
“Actually, I kind was [surprised],” McMann said to MMAFighting. “Truthfully, I don’t know how it works. I never knew when I was going to get the shot. I’m just trying to be patient and keep getting better every day, so when it did come along, I was the best possible fighter I could be. It definitely was surprising, but I wanted it for quite a while and to be the world champion was my original goal when I started. So, it was a welcome surprise.”
However, she’s not letting the news intimidate her, and believes it’s the right time for her to take a crack at a world title.
“My significant other and I both felt like this couldn’t have come at a better time. It feels very right to us. That’s what makes us very excited about it because if it had come off some kind of controversy or like, different fights have a different feel to them, some with a more negative perception. This one just feels like the perfect timing.”