7 Potential Foes for Female Olympic Medalist Turned MMA Fighter Sara McMann
Freestyle wrestler Sara McMann was the first American woman in history to receive a silver medal in women's wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
She wrestled on the men's varsity D1 team at Lock Haven University and won a silver medal in the 2003 world championships and a bronze medal in 2005 and 2007.
After obtaining a 3-0 record in amateur MMA and deciding to go pro, the wrestling phenom has had multiple opponents pull out of fights. Which bantamweight will be the first to step up?
Germaine "the Iron Lady" De Randamie
Holding a kickboxing record of 45-0, Dutck kickboxer Germaine de Randamie is to Muay Thai what Sara McMann is to wrestling. This would be an incredible—and even—fight.
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey
Fourth degree Judo black belt Ronda Rousey is an Olympic Judo bronze medalist and the first American to medal in women's judo since its inception as an Olypmic sport almost twenty years ago. Although Rousey normally fights at 145, McMann is willing to fight at that weight.
Sheila Bird just made her MMA debut this month, but she started training in Brazilian jiu jitsu back in 1998. She is a gold medalist at NAGA, the ADCC Pro North American Trials, the Fila World Championships and Grappler's Quest. She won her first fight—against a kickboxer—via TKO.
Liz "Girl-Rilla" Carmouche
Strikeforce fighter Liz Carmouche turned heads with her brutal performance against bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen. Although Carmouche was defeated in the fourth round by triangle choke, it was an impressive performance—especially considering she took the fight with only two week's notice.
Julie "Fireball" Kedzie
Julie Kedzie has been competing in MMA since 2004, compiling a record of 15 wins and eight losses, as well as championships at the Extreme Grappling Open and a national title from the World Kickboxing Association. She works as Greg Jackson's personal assistant and has never been one to shy away from a fight.
Former Smackgirl Middleweight champion Hitomi Akano scored 13 of her 16 wins by submission. She is the queen of arm bars and often fights with catch wrestling mastermind Josh Barnett in her corner.
Canadian-born Alexis Davis holds the Raging Wolf title at 135 lbs. and most recently defended her title against wrestler Tonya Evinger, who she defeated by rear naked choke. Would McMann face the same fate? There's only one way to find out.
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