Multiple MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed that McMann and former Strikeforce bantamweight top contender Liz Carmouche have agreed to fight. The two will square off at the promotion’s quickly growing Cormier vs. Mir event slated for Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
McMann, currently 6-0 in professional career, has been rocketing up the ranks, fighting most recently for Invicta FC, who has a strong working relationship with Strikeforce. She is coming off of a huge victory over Shayna Baszler, adding her to a list of victims that includes Hitomi Akano, Raquel Pa’aluhi, and Tonya Evinger.
Carmouche is a big step for McMann, however, as a victory over her starts setting up a fight with Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. McMann and Rousey share a similar background, both Olympic medalists and both storming through the competition.
Carmouche is no easy welcoming fight to the Strikeforce cage, however. She’s 7-2 in her career, losing only to former Strikeforce champions Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman. Carmouche took Coenen into the fourth round of their bantamweight title fight early last year, giving Coenen one of the toughest fights of her career.
She bounced back with a TKO victory over Ashleigh Curry and a submission of Kaitlin Young, both fights under the Invicta FC banner. The fight with McMann marks her return to Strikeforce after a year away.
The two will be part of the undercard of Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir, which features Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier squaring off with former UFC champion Frank Mir in the main event.
The McMann vs. Carmouche fight was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
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