Strikeforce signs Olympic silver medalist McMann to women's division

source: sherdog.com
 

Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann has signed with Strikeforce.

McMann spoke exclusively with Sherdog.com about the details of her new deal.

“I am confirmed for three fights on the Challengers series,” said McMann. “I have no idea who will be my first opponent, but I [will be fighting] at 135 pounds. I think that they will be matching me up with people who are comparative to my MMA level to make the fights exciting and give me more experience.”

The Maryland native won silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has medaled thrice at the FILA World Championships, taking home silver in 2003 and bronze in both 2005 and 2007. All of her medals were won at 63 kg (138 pounds). McMann is the first American woman to win silver in freestyle wrestling, earning her medal at the first games in which the event was available to females. Though she holds a wealth of experience on the mat, McMann has had to start from scratch developing her stand-up.

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BigRay site profile image  

12/29/10 8:52 AM by BigRay

It probably goes without saying but, if Sara can develop some stand up skills and learn some finishing techniques on the ground, she could be VERY good.Her wrestling is world class and we have certainly seen how effective wrestling can be as a base to build from.I hope she does really well, she has had some horrible things happen in her personal life and deserves to have some good things happen to her now.

Moth2Flame site profile image  

12/28/10 7:22 PM by Moth2Flame

Glad SF is signing new prospects. Needs to sign more 145lb females

AmericanPsychoMMA site profile image  

12/28/10 6:44 PM by AmericanPsychoMMA

 When Ronda shows she can take a punch from then she'll fight Cyborg.  Based on that fight there isn't much to tell yet.  

JerseyJoeJitsu site profile image  

12/28/10 6:24 PM by JerseyJoeJitsu

 When she actually learns how to win a fight, other than doing the following. Head and arm throw pass guard (if not already passed) Armlock. She's a great fighter, but is still one dimensional. She has a ways to go. She has the potential to do it though, in a year or two.

jayflo145 site profile image  

12/27/10 11:50 PM by jayflo145

when will Strikefarce step it up and finally sign Ronda to beat on Cyborg?

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

12/27/10 11:19 PM by YHTOMIT2001

 I've trained at Linic MMA in Greenville, SC but I haven't been there when Sara was around. The coach, James Linic, is legit though. I coach so I see her all the time at college wrestling tournaments.

Chris723 site profile image  

12/27/10 10:57 PM by Chris723

What's hilarious is that I had no idea they have womens wrestling in the olympics.

DanTheWolfman site profile image  

12/27/10 10:50 PM by DanTheWolfman

Sweet good stuff, look forward to seeing her