Undefeated Olympic Silver Medalist Sara McMann Signs with Strikeforce

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2012


Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann has officially begun her journey with Strikeforce.

McMann, who earned that silver medal in freestyle wrestling in the 2004 Olympics, has a great background in grappling.

This may be the fighter, in my eyes, to challenge Ronda Rousey.

As reported by MMAweekly.com, McMann will likely make her debut on a card dated November 3. This signing will keep McMann from competing in Invicta FC, an all-women's promotion where she would have likely challenged for the title.

Notably, McMann has earned victories over Shayna Baszler, Hitomi Akano and Tonya Evinger. Her wrestling will be second-to-none, something that many women fighters lack in their respective arsenals. 

As stated previously, I believe McMann may be the biggest threat, outside of Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, to Ronda Rousey's crown. Rousey relies on a spectacular submission game and superior grappling to take out opponents.

McMann may be challenged in that grappling category. McMann's top game is stifling and she has a submission game of her own (of her six wins, two are by submission).

She has good weight cutting abilities and should be a big, strong bantamweight in the women's division. That is one thing that Rousey also possesses, meaning this could be a great chess match.

Likely, McMann will have a tune-up fight before even being considered for a title shot. If she is impressive in that fight, there is a good chance she could earn a title shot due to the shallowness of women's MMA.