Fellow Olympian fighter McMann: Ronda Rousey not a role model

by Joshua Molina | source: fcfighter.com

Sara McMann will step into the cage on July 28 at an Invicta Fighting Championships card to fight Shayna Baszler, in an event that will be streamed live and for free at InvictaFC.com

Like Ronda Rousey, McMann is 5-0, and a former Olympian, even besting her, winning a Silver Medal in freestyle wrestling to Rousey’s Bronze in Judo.

“I am in this much more for the sport aspect,” McMann told Full Contact Fighter. “Earlier in my career I was told to get out there and trash talk and make a scene, but this is my legacy. This is who I am as a person. I am not willing to sacrifice that. I would rather be poor and who I am. This is who I am – take it or leave it.”

“I think (MMA) is growing tremendously. Not only by the number of young girls and women who are entering the sport, but people’s perceptions are changing. I think Invicta is the frontrunner of pursuing this. Women are dedicating their lives to this and Invicta is showcasing the cream of the crop and I think it is awesome.”

“I think Strikeforce is really great and I would hate for all the fighters to have to find a new contract, but Invicta is determined to have a role for great women fighters. It could be a bad thing or it could be a good thing if Strikeforce were to go away.”

Either way, McMann one day see herself fighting Rousey inside the cage.

“I think that will absolutely happen,” McMann said.

“I wouldn’t term her a role model, not one that I would want my daughter to look up to. She’s intelligent in marketing. Either she doesn’t mind what she is saying or she doesn’t mind riling people up."

“As an athlete I most certainly respect her skills and her throws and submissions. But as far as something to look up to? I don’t feel like that.”

“I don’t want my daughter to say things to just get people’s attention. She is getting a tremendous amount of attention. It is not something that I want to do and I am glad that the other girls don’t do that.”

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tags: Strikeforce   Invicta   Ronda Rousey (detail)  Sara McMann (detail)  


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chaplinshouse site profile image  

7/26/12 8:34 PM by chaplinshouse

  u shouldn't be able to tell the weight of the snatch eater from the angle in this pic, but even her wrists look fat.  that is one chunky girl

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7/26/12 8:51 AM by Hardykilledmykitten

 I would pay for Invicta.   I like how they're going free to get the word out, but next one they should charge for real and try to make some money and try to lure these other women over.  It's a great show.  Does the promotor or anybody from the org post here?   With the limited pool of women fighters of a good quality, they've got to get them in the same place.  Invicta did an awesome job of that; otherwise we get a random wmma fight every now and then.  There's some growth with the women; i've even noticed it on the local and regional circuits.  Seen some great wmma fights locally and the skill is going up and up.  

Faels Hypogonad site profile image  

7/26/12 8:45 AM by Faels Hypogonad

Lol no I just want my daughter to grow up to be respectable women not mouthy trash With something shitty to say about everyone and everything

Hardykilledmykitten site profile image  

7/26/12 8:45 AM by Hardykilledmykitten

 I lol'd when I read the shit about McMann.  lol again.  Just fuckin hit wikipedia or the ug's up to date now.  Takes like 5 seconds and you can save from acting ignorant.   Hot fuggin picture btw.  

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7/26/12 8:40 AM by Faels Hypogonad

Not me Ronda is trashy you can be a tough women and not bump your gums about everything and anyone in a negative way Sara is much better of a role model IMO

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7/26/12 7:57 AM by MediumRAPE

Are you talking about Ronda or Sarah?

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7/26/12 7:19 AM by HongKongaBong


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7/26/12 7:15 AM by Farewell Brock

Best pic of ronda yet

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7/26/12 6:24 AM by Nick Fury

I'll be expecting a Rousey thread in response to this by weeks end. Let the twitter battle ensue.

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7/26/12 3:08 AM by tbi0904

Those are all valid points but they apply to Ronda as well. After Cyborg got caught cheating Ronda was asked her opinion on the situation and she answered honestly. Ronda was asked what celeb she would want to fight and she answered honestly. Ronda was asked what athlete rubbed her the wrong way at the Olympics and she answered honestly. I get that Ronda is a bit of a windbag and all but it's not like she has a blog or takes to twitter to pick fights with celebs. She's asked questions and she answers them with no filter. Btw her mother is the exact same way.