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Watch Out, Ronda: Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff Added to UFC 159


(Wait, another female Olympic medalist who could take us down without breaking a sweat? WTF, UFC? You’re really making us feel insecure in our manhood over here)

MMA Junkie is reporting that this April’s UFC 159 card, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen: Really? Can’t We Just Have Jones vs. Silva Already?, now has an intriguing women’s fight. Yup. Don’t forget, the UFC now has chick fighters that are bringing it and making bank for the company (to the tune of 400k pay per view buys).

2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann will take on young, German KO artist Sheila Gaff in New Jersey, April 27th. If McMann wins, the UFC will have another undefeated Olympic medalist to pit against champion Ronda Rousey, herself a 2008 Olympic Judo bronze medalist, in what hard core fans have thought of as the real potential women’s MMA super fight for the last year or so.

If Gaff manages to keep McMann off her and get the win, the UFC could have a new international challenger with bona-fide stopping power – who has been fighting professionally since she was, like, sixteen freaking years old – that could claim to be a threat to Rousey’s belt. Seems like a win-win for the UFC and its brand new 135 pound women’s division.

After the jump, check out video footage of both McMann and Gaff doing their thang. Taters in the know – who you got in this match up and why?

Sara McMann vs. Shayna Baszler:

Sheila Gaff vs. Aisling Daly:

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macreadysshack- March 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm
Mcmann's striking is rough in the fight with Baszler (but Baszlers is so good that this may not be indicative of what Mcmann could do against Rousey's flat striking game) but it's still head and shoulders above what I've seen of Rousey's. However, Rousey seems far more adept at utilizing her Judo game in MMA than Mcmann (or at least far more willing to use it). If Mcmann has polished her striking and can at least pull out some Judo defense, I think she is a serious threat to Rhonda. All that said, I don't haven't seen nearly enough tape to do anything but jump to fairly uniformed conclusions, still, I would love to see them fight. I hope it happens.
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