UFC 170 Notebook: Behind the Scenes of Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann Fight Card

Jeremy Botter@jeremybotterMMA Senior WriterFebruary 22, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 23:  Ronda Rousey (L) attempts to submit Liz Carmouche in their UFC Bantamweight Title fight during UFC 157 at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS — Ronda Rousey, women's bantamweight champion of the world, returns to the Octagon Saturday night for her second title defense in three months.

In the opposite corner will stand Sara McMann, a former Olympic silver medalist in wrestling. Many are pegging her as the toughest opponent of Rousey's career. She's still a sizable underdog, but there's a sense of belief among many in the audience that McMann might be able to get the job done.

There is no such belief in Patrick Cummins, the 4-0 coffee barista tabbed to replace Rashad Evans on just one week's notice against Daniel Cormier. Cummins is a historic underdog. But the nature of mixed martial arts is that anything can happen, and sometimes it does. It is not expected, but stranger things have happened. 

This is my ongoing UFC 170 Notebook, where I'll provide you with backstage news and notes in addition to ongoing fight coverage. The aim here is not to describe what happens in the Octagon; there are many places you can turn for that. My goal is to peel back the curtain a bit and give you a peek into the madness that is fight night.

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