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Thread: Winner of Rousey/Tate II headlines vs Sara McMann at UFC 170

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    Think I'm going to skip this card.
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    Sara McMann ready for title fight – and possibility of Ronda Rousey getting ‘under my skin’
    http://mmajunkie.com/2013/12/sara-mc...under-my-skin/

    Sara McMann is suddenly back in the MMA spotlight and ready to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title.

    “I’m a professional fighter, so this is what I’ve been working toward the entire time,” she today told MMAjunkie.
    The UFC announced this past weekend that McMann (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will face off with fellow Olympian and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 170, which takes place Feb. 22 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    But McMann already knew that. Prior to Rousey’s defeat of Miesha Tate at UFC 168, she was told she’d fight the winner of the grudge match, which co-headlined the pay-per-view event.

    “I had a lot more action on my Twitter and Facebook and got a few text messages, but things haven’t been that much different for me,” McMann said.
    McMann, an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, has been absent from the public eye since August, when she withdrew from a fight with ex-Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman at UFC Fight Night 27.

    “I had more important things to do,” said McMann, who declined to say why she withdrew from the fight other than to confirm she was dealing with “undisclosed personal issues,” as initially reported.
    Now, the most important thing is beating Rousey, a bronze medalist in judo who notched her eighth straight armbar victory in a rematch with opposing “The Ultimate Fighter 18” coach Tate this past weekend.

    “Both girls did some things very well,” McMann said of the fight. “Both girls obviously made mistakes, like every fight you ever see.”
    As to what mistakes Rousey made, well, she isn’t in the business of telling her opponent what she needs to work on.

    “There’s no time that any of us go out there and don’t reveal something,” McMann said. “Even if Miesha couldn’t exploit it, she revealed it.

    “If it were somebody that were making minute technical errors in striking, I would have a harder time exploiting it considering my background. But when people make a grappling error, I’m in a great position.”
    The bout marks the first time the UFC has promoted a bout between two Olympic medalists, though as of late, Rousey’s image isn’t so squeaky clean.

    Despite her dominant performance in the cage, Rousey elicited boos from the UFC 168 crowd when she refused to shake her rival’s hand following a third-round submission victory. The reaction followed chatter among fans that her reputation took a hit during her appearance on “TUF 18.” Cameras frequently caught her muttering expletives and making obscene gestures toward Tate.

    McMann didn’t watch the reality show, and added she wouldn’t watch any reality show if she had spare time. However, she heard about Rousey’s antics and isn’t surprised the champ has taken the bad-girl role.

    “I know I hear from people in my gym that there was a negativity toward her with everything that went down on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’” McMann said. “I see the way that she was treating people. I just think that in life, I don’t care how good you are. If you treat people in certain ways, it doesn’t take long for people to say, ‘I don’t really like that.’ I think it was a matter of time.”
    So as she prepares to fight Ronda, she’ll also prepare to listen to her, as well.

    “I’m just going to prepare for anything that could possibly happen, something that would throw me off my game or get inside my head,” McMann said. “I’m going to be ready if it happens. I don’t respect a Tate rivalry, but I’m not naive enough to think she’s not going to say anything that would get under my skin. I think that would be foolish.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    Sara McMann ready for title fight – and possibility of Ronda Rousey getting ‘under my skin’
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    Just saw that. Curious to know what exactly she saw that she thinks she can capitalize on. Tate could have easily won by keeping her distance and picking her shots. She fucked it up with initiating most the grappling. Going for takedowns and getting slammed. I didn't understand why she insisted on getting slammed so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1inthechamber View Post
    Just saw that. Curious to know what exactly she saw that she thinks she can capitalize on. Tate could have easily won by keeping her distance and picking her shots. She fucked it up with initiating most the grappling. Going for takedowns and getting slammed. I didn't understand why she insisted on getting slammed so much.
    That's what happens when one fights with emotions rather than brains. She didnt bother to use technique or skill in striking, instead clawing back at Rhonda with Diego Sanchez-esque type punches. She didnt set up her takedowns at all. The fight may have been FOTN, but to me it was a horrible display of MMA technique and skill, as both girls just came out sloppy.

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    Miesha fought how she always fights. She is a wrestler at heart and reverted back to what she's good at during the fights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    Miesha fought how she always fights. She is a wrestler at heart and reverted back to what she's good at during the fights.
    Yea but at first she wasn't doing so bad striking while keeping distance. She should have kept that strategy imo. They both seemed to be gassing too. I really wanted to see how the fight would have looked in 5 rounds lol.

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    So how many rounds is Cormier vs Evans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIZjitsZOU View Post
    So how many rounds is Cormier vs Evans?
    That fight is gonna end in a very close split decision victory if it's a 3 rounder. I think it should be 5 rounder, that way we get to see how well Cormier's gas tank is at a lighter weight class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwordofAres View Post
    Think I'm going to skip this card.
    Same here.

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