Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann
recently joined the UFC, and she believes Ronda
Rousey deserves some credit for the opportunity.
Ahead of her transition to the sport’s biggest promotion, McMann
joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” show to discuss
Rousey, possible opponents and much more.
On whether she expects to fight Alexis
Davis in her debut: “I talked to my manager, and he doesn’t
seem to think that Alexis is going to be my opponent, or at least
they haven’t said anything about that yet. That’s what I thought.
When I talked to my manager, I thought maybe that’s why they
presented us both as signing with the UFC instead of where they
introduced Cat [Zingano] and Miesha [Tate] as against each other.
The fact that they introduced us as just having been signed, maybe
we’re going to fight other people. I don’t know.”
On fans on the Internet saying she didn’t want to fight Ronda
Rousey: “Did the Internet, did they give you any mention of I
wasn’t asked? Or Miesha Tate
apparently wasn’t asked either? Because that’s also another part of
the story. … It’s kind of silly because I’m going to fight every
single one of those girls. Everyone that’s at the 135-pound weight
class, I will be fighting. It just really doesn’t matter the
On Rousey getting so much attention: “I don’t care. If you
couldn’t tell by the way that I present myself, I’m not exactly
striving for the limelight. I don’t mind it as much, but I really
am more sports-oriented. I just like to be great at what I do and I
want to beat everybody. That’s more my focus. I’m not uncomfortable
with being in the limelight, but I’m definitely not seeking it out.
If other people want that and that’s good for them, then it doesn’t
bother me whatsoever.”
On whether it actually helps that Rousey gets so much
attention: “Absolutely. I may not always agree with the things
that I hear she does and says, but every girl in the division owes
her a thank you for us getting carried into the UFC. Dana White
literally said she’s the reason why we’re in. The stuff that she’s
done has made all of our boats float a little bit higher in that
On training with Marcelo
Garcia: “It was a humbling experience working with Marcelo
Garcia. He’s just phenomenal. He’s one of the most phenomenal
athletes I’ve ever been around, and I used to live at the Olympic
On her development: “I consider three and a half years still
fairly new at a sport, considering I did wrestling for like 16
years before that. I think that really, the fighter I’m going to be
is kind of unfolding to me. I don’t know exactly what things I’m
always going to take to and what things are going to go really well
with my style. Sometimes I’m really surprised at things that come
really natural in training.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 55:59).