Sara McMann signs with Strikeforce

By Al Stover

Strikeforce’s women’s division keeps growing.

Scott Coker, Strikeforce CEO, announced via twitter that undefeated fighter and silver medalist Sara McMann has signed with the promotion.

Debuting in 2011, McMann is currently 6-0 in mixed martial arts. Her most recently fight was a decision win over Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 2. This fight was an eliminator bout to see who would fight for the Invicta FC Bantamweight championship.

McMann is not the first Invicta FC fighter going to Strikeforce. Cat Zingano, who was supposed to fight at Invicta FC 3, signed with Strikeforce and will fight Amanda Nunes at the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy card, Sept. 29.

However, Invicta FC is not necessarily at loss when it comes to two of their fighters crossing over to Strikeforce. Former Strikeforce women’s champ Sarah Kaufman will fight Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 3.

Even if in the unlikely event that Strikeforce cleaned out Invicta’s 135 pound division, Invicta still has fight other weight divisions.

In an interview with, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp was vocal about letting her 135 pound fighters go to Strikeforce and help build up their reputation.

“Sure, I know they aspire to go over and get their shot at Ronda [Rousey] – and I don’t have a problem with that, or whoever’s sitting at the top of the heap over there. I think that’s what’s going to improve the sport – and certainly improve the landscape for the female athlete.”

With McMann coming to Strikeforce, this sets up a possible match fans have been aching to see: McMann vs. Rousey.

Both McMann and Rousey are Olympic medalists, McMann a silver medalist in Women’s Freestyle Wrestling in the 2004 games in Athens, while Rousey, who is also the current Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion, is a bronze medalist in Women’s Judo in the 70 kg class in the 2008 Beijing games.

Both women also have an idenitcal 6-0 pro record, though Rousey was 3-0 as an amateur.

Some fans think that McMann’s wrestling would neutralize Rousey’s ground game while others believe Rousey’s submission skills and ability to finish a fight would overwhelm McMann.

In addition to Rousey, there are other opponents for McMann. Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate crossed paths with the silver medalist at a grappling in 2009. McMann defeated Tate 5-1.

Another opponent for McMann could be Canadian fighter Alexis Davis, who is coming off of a second-round submission victory over Hitomi Akano, who McMann also defeated back at Pro Elite 3 in Janurary.

There is speculation that McMann could make her Strikeforce debut at the Nov. 6 event that will be headlined by the UFC-Strikeforce crossover bout between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir. However, no opponent has been named at this time.

No matter when she makes her debut, McMann will be coming into Strikeforce with a lot of hype and momentum.


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