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Invicta FC Sends Undefeated 135′er Sara McMann To Strikeforce

(“Great to have you aboard, Sara! Now what size latex bodysuit do you wear?”)

By George Shunick

In a press release distributed yesterday, upstart women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC announced that they were sending bantamweight contender Sara McMann to Strikeforce. McMann is a perfect 6-0 in MMA — including wins over Shayna Baszler, Hitomi Akano, and Tonya Evinger — and won a silver medal in women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. McMann was originally slated to fight for Invicta’s bantamweight title in her next appearance, but now that she is in Strikeforce, a title shot against Ronda Rousey seems quite plausible if she can make it through her first fight. Neither the date nor opponent for McMann’s Strikeforce debut have been announced yet.

It’s not every day that a fight promotion willingly sends one of its top contenders and budding stars to a competing promotion. However, according to President Shannon Knapp, Invicta’s goals aren’t based on hanging on to specific fighters:

“Since we established Invicta FC at the beginning of this year, our goal has been to produce the best possible matchups between women mixed martial artists and, to achieve this, we sometimes need to import talent like Sarah Kaufman from elsewhere as well as to send talent like Sara McMann to a place like Strikeforce where there is a healthy amount of championship level professional women’s MMA competition just like there is on our roster.”

Invicta’s mission to positively impact women’s MMA, and the lengths they are willing to go to accomplish that mission, is extraordinarily admirable. But they aren’t fools either; Invicta draws viewers not due to name recognition — yet — but because they put on consistently exciting cards. Losing a big name like McMann doesn’t hurt them because, well, McMann isn’t actually a big name. There are only two big draws in women’s MMA right now, and they’re not in Invicta.

Speaking of one of those big draws, it seems likely that McMann will eventually face off against Strikeforce bantamweight champ “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Suffice it to say, like any other woman who lacks the testosterone of five men, I don’t like Sara’s chances. McMann does one thing, and does it well; she puts people on their back. That might not be the best strategy against the best grappler in women’s MMA. (Right, Sarah Kaufman?) It’s great that McMann is being recognized for her achievements and is getting this opportunity. But when it comes down to it, it’s unlikely she’ll be able to stop Rousey from adding to her collection of mangled arms.

Still, it would be easy to promote a match between two undefeated fighters who also happen to be Olympic medalists — and if Cyborg can’t deflate down to 135, Rousey vs. McMann could turn out to be the Next Big Fight in women’s MMA.

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fdgfsddx- September 10, 2012 at 7:41 am
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linzhanfv- September 7, 2012 at 12:47 am
Buster Hyman- September 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm
you know she's a looker when you can't tell her tits from her abs. those man arms are going to looks even weirder when rousey breaks them in half.
crappiefloper- September 5, 2012 at 11:39 am
Pry blind cause of all the masterbation that fight caused
LB_Fargo- September 5, 2012 at 11:09 am
Umm Baszler beat her.. She should have turned it up a little bit more in the last round to make it official. Those judges were fricking blind...
crappiefloper- September 5, 2012 at 10:45 am
Invicta FC is hands down my favorite MMA organization. Great concept and vision and hungry fighters who fight like rabid chucacabras.
McMann over Rousey, calling it right now suckas! God that will be a lot of sexy in the ring that night.
LOKI- September 5, 2012 at 10:12 am
...Also her ass is spectacular!
LOKI- September 5, 2012 at 10:09 am
I have sort of a unique perspective in that; for a couple of months in '09 she trained at Alliance JJ of Charlotte the same time I did. She smoked the few girls we had in quick succession (one of whome was fairly decorated) and ultimately got paired up with a dude who was one of my main sparring partners. He was about 170lbs and not was never one sided.
RSparrow- September 5, 2012 at 9:52 am
When your abs stick out further than your tits...
The12ozCurls- September 5, 2012 at 9:39 am
I have got to admit, I loved both the Invicta fights cards and look forward to the third. I am not sure if women's MMA will ever get anywhere near their male counterparts, but Invicta FC is a damn good model to follow.
NOW - everybody click "show hidden comments" and thumbs down my man Fletch just to piss him off. :)
Fletch the V Stretch- September 5, 2012 at 10:16 am
HAHAHAHAHA! You clearly either didn't read my comment yesterday or forgot. I now consider a thumbs down to be a thumbs up. So the more thumbs down I get, the more correct I consider myself/my opinion. Bring on the LOVE!
The12ozCurls- September 5, 2012 at 10:22 am
I read it - but you commented today that "I haven't gotten a thumbs down yet AND someone agreed with me" - so I thought you had a change of heart. Don't worry - Your adversary doesn't get outta bed until after Noon PST. Whip-its and Zima are a motherf#$ker I guess.
Fletch the V Stretch- September 5, 2012 at 10:27 am
Haha, I didn't have a change of heart. I couldn't care less about thumbs up or down. I don't get "butthurt" like some people keep suggesting about one another. Clearly Nippletwist and Pen Fifteen are adversaries but who is mine? I haven't figured it out yet. haha
macreadysshack- September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am
PS . . . what Fletch said - 'what a beast'. She looks strong as hell. Strong good looking woman!
Fletch the V Stretch- September 5, 2012 at 8:33 am
Ahh it is a different day. I haven't gotten a thumbs down yet AND someone agreed with me. Carry on!

macreadysshack- September 5, 2012 at 8:13 am
I haven't seen her fight yet but her creds are good and if she's working on her striking and jits (reading A Farewell to Arms a dozen times)she's got a great career ahead of her . . . I am still afraid that women's MMA won't be able to pull itself up by its own bootstraps but, hey ladies, prove my sorry no-imagination man-ass wrong. Please. I see MMA reaching a sort of universe expansion reversal here in the next few years. When men's MMA growth stalls or even begins to contract (if it hasn't already), women's may suffer even more. Again, I hope I'm wrong.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 5, 2012 at 7:18 am
So she gets one or two tune of fights. Then she fights Rousey I can see that as a solid draw in a year. I also think Megumi Fujii would be a sick match up with either. She's nearing the end of her career for sure but what an amazing pioneer in woman's mma.
Fried Taco- September 5, 2012 at 8:12 am
Megumi is a little light for them, don't you think?
peter138misfit- September 5, 2012 at 7:12 am
Based on the picture above, I can tell you that she'd look better covered in latex, and waaaaaay better nude. Now that's a real threat for Rousey
As Good As Anyone- September 5, 2012 at 7:08 am
Oh, and she arguably lost the fight with Baszler, she needs 1-2 tune up fights first.
As Good As Anyone- September 5, 2012 at 7:07 am
Although she looks impressive, her fighting style is not the same indication. She's got great wrestling, OK striking (as seen in her last fight) but overall isn't even going to come close to challenging Rousey. Also: "She's a McMann, baby"
Fletch the V Stretch- September 5, 2012 at 7:49 am
Thanks for the insight. Do you think someone with a huge strength advantage could beat Rousey. I know her Judo is top notch but what if STRONG wrestler was able to get her down and smother her. AH, who am i kidding, Rousey armbars everyone in less than 30 seconds. I do think Cyborg could put it on her though should Rousey decide to actually take a fight where she has a chance of losing.
Fletch the V Stretch- September 5, 2012 at 6:43 am
What a BEAST. Based on the picture above only, she certainly looks like a threat for Rousey but I only saw her fight once on Invicta.