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Sara McMann (born September 24, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist, who is currently fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the bantamweight division. McMann is former Olympic wrestler and she is the first American woman in history to receive a silver medal in Olympic wrestling, which she won at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She wrestled in the Women's Freestyle 63 kg or 138.75 lb weight class. McMann won silver medal in the 2003 world championships and a bronze medal in the 2005 and 2007 world championships. As September 23, 2019, she is #10 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[5]

Sara McMann
Sara McMann (adjusted).jpg
Born (1980-09-24) September 24, 1980 (age 39)
Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach66[2] in (168 cm)[3]
StyleFreestyle Wrestling, Kickboxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofGaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
TeamRevolution MMA
WrestlingOlympian Freestyle Wrestling[4]
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins11
By knockout1
By submission5
By decision5
Losses5
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision1
UniversityGardner–Webb University
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
University of Minnesota Morris
Notable school(s)McDowell High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

WrestlingEdit

McMann started wrestling at the age of 14 in Marion, North Carolina at McDowell High School. She is the first American woman in history to receive a silver medal in Olympic wrestling, which she won at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. [6] . McMann won silver medal in the 2003 world championships and a bronze medal in the 2005 and 2007 world championships n the Women's Freestyle 63 kg or 138.75 lb weight class.[7][8][9][10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

McMann announced in late 2010 that she had signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. She planned to fight at 135 pounds.[11] However, she did not sign on with the promotion due to an extension clause in the contract.[12]

McMann was first scheduled to make her professional mixed martial arts debut on November 14, 2010 in Jamaica, but the event was cancelled due to safety problems with the cage.[13]

She then had more fights fall apart after opponents backed out, including a scheduled April 30, 2011 fight against Mariah Johnson.[14]

On May 28, 2011, McMann made her pro MMA debut at Universal Cage Combat: Revolution. She defeated Christina Marks by submission in the first round.[15]

McMann faced fellow Olympian Julie Malenfant at Blackeye Promotions 4 on June 17, 2011. McMann defeated Malenfant by TKO early in the first round.[16]

McMann faced Tonya Evinger at Titan Fighting Championships 19 on July 29, 2011.[17] The fight served as the co-main event.[18] McMann defeated Evinger by unanimous decision.[12]

ProEliteEdit

After ProElite reincarnated under new management, McMann faced Raquel Pa'aluhi on the promotion's first event post-EliteXC at ProElite 1: Arlovski vs. Lopez on August 27, 2011.[12] She defeated Pa'aluhi by submission due to an americana in the third round.[19]

McMann returned to ProElite to face Hitomi Akano at ProElite 3 on January 21, 2012.[20] She defeated Akano by unanimous decision.[21]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

On April 28, it was announced that McMann would face Shayna Baszler in the main event of Invicta Fighting Championships 2. The event took place on July 28, 2012.[22] McMann defeated Baszler via unanimous decision and the bout was named fight of the night. The bout was a title eliminator, with the winner scheduled to face the winner of Alexis Davis vs. Hitomi Akano.[23][24]

StrikeforceEdit

On September 4, 2012, it was announced McMann had signed with Strikeforce.[25] She was expected to debut at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir against former bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche,[26] but the event was cancelled.[27]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In February 2013, McMann officially joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[28] It was rumored she turned down a fight with then-title holder Ronda Rousey. However, this was false information and no such fight was offered or even presented to McMann at the time.[29] She became the third female to earn a victory in the UFC by defeating Sheila Gaff at UFC 159.[30]

McMann was slated to face former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[31] However, McMann withdrew from the bout for, at the time, undisclosed personal reasons.[32] In January 2015, she disclosed that the reason for withdrawing was due to her father battling aggressive lymphoma.[33]

McMann faced Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship at UFC 170. She lost the fight by TKO after getting knocked down with a knee to the body. This stoppage created controversy, with many sports writers and attendants finding it premature.[34][35]

McMann faced promotional newcomer Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16, 2014.[36] McMann won the fight by split decision.[37]

McMann faced Miesha Tate at UFC 183 on January 31, 2015.[38] Despite a strong first round, she lost by majority decision.

McMann faced Amanda Nunes on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73. She lost the fight via submission in the first round.[39]

McMann faced Jessica Eye at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29, 2016.[40] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[41]

McMann faced Alexis Davis on December 3, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions. McMann won via submission in the second round.[42]

McMann was expected to face Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night 105, on February 19, 2017. However, Carmouche was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury and will be replaced by newcomer Gina Mazany.[43] McMann won the fight via submission early in the first round.

McMann was originally expected to face Ketlen Vieira at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017.[44] However, the fight was moved to UFC 215.[45] She lost the bout via arm-triangle choke submission in the second round.[46]

McMann faced Marion Reneau on February 24, 2018 at UFC on Fox 28.[47] After dominating the first round, McMann was knocked down and submitted by Reneau in the second round.[48]

After a year hiatus due to maternity leave, McMann was scheduled to face Nicco Montaño on July 13, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 13.[49] However, McCann pulled out of the bout citing an injury in mid-June and was replaced by Julianna Peña.[50]

Personal lifeEdit

McMann's parents are Paula Jean and Thomas William McMann. She has one sister, Nickolina, and had one brother, Jason. Jason, who wrestled at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was murdered January 23, 1999 at the age of 21.[51][52]

McMann attended McDowell High School in Marion, North Carolina where she was coached by Timothy Hutchins. In addition to wrestling, she participated in theatre productions. She earned a degree in Theatre at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the school's wrestling team under the coaching of Carl Poff from 1999 to 2003. She previously attended University of Minnesota Morris from 1998 to 1999, where she was coached by Doug Reese.

In August 2010, McMann was awarded a MA/EDS with a major in mental health counseling from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.[53][54]

McMann does volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, a Christian housing ministry. She traveled to Sri Lanka with Olympic teammates to help victims of the tsunami rebuild homes for those displaced by the tidal wave. She also helps with youth clubs and speaks to upcoming girls and boys about wrestling.

On September 3, 2004, while driving her Jeep in Colorado on the way to Iowa with her fiance, former ASU three-time NCAA All-American wrestler Steven Blackford as her passenger, the vehicle ran off the road and rolled over. He was ejected from the vehicle, and died at the scene. McMann was hospitalized with a broken arm and minor injuries, and later charged with careless driving.[55]

McMann and her former training partner Trent Goodale have a daughter, Bella, who was born in 2009.[56]

On May 30, 2018, McMann announced on social media that she and her partner Chad Bingham were expecting a child, and that she had put her career in mixed martial arts on hold.[57] In December 2018, she announced that she had given birth to her son, Lucas.[58]

World/Olympic Championships MatchesEdit

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 13-10   Lise LeGrand-Golliot 2-1, 4-1 2007-09-17 2007 World Wrestling Championships   Baku, Azerbaijan Bronze Medal
Win 12-10   Haiyan Xu Fall 2007-09-17 2007 World Wrestling Championships   Baku, Azerbaijan
Win 11-10   Rojas Y Urbina Fall 2007-09-17 2007 World Wrestling Championships   Baku, Azerbaijan
Loss 10-10   Kaori Icho 1-2, 0-1 2007-09-17 2007 World Wrestling Championships   Baku, Azerbaijan
Loss 10-9   Monika Rogien 0-1, 1-2 2006-09-25 2006 World Wrestling Championships   Guangzhou, China
Win 10-8   Sandra Amado 1-0, 6-0 2006-09-25 2006 World Wrestling Championships   Guangzhou, China
Win 9-8   Anna Polovneva 1-2, 2-1, 4-2 2005-10-02 2005 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest, Hungary Bronze Medal
Win 8-8   Helena Allandi 2-5, 4-2, 2-2 2005-10-02 2005 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Loss 7-8   Kaori Icho 3-2, 2-1 2005-10-02 2005 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Loss 7-7   Kaori Icho 2-3 2004-10-02 2004 Olympic Games   Athens, Greece Silver Medal
Win 7-6   Stavroula Zigouri Fall 2004-10-02 2004 Olympic Games   Athens, Greece
Loss 6-6   Viola Yanik 2-5 2004-10-02 2004 Olympic Games   Athens, Greece
Win 6-5   Meng Lili Fall 2004-10-02 2004 Olympic Games   Athens, Greece
Loss 5-5   Kaori Icho 3-4 2003-09-11 2003 World Wrestling Championships   New York City, United States Silver Medal
Win 5-4   Viola Yanik Fall 2003-09-11 2003 World Wrestling Championships   New York City, United States
Win 4-4   Kristine Odrina 11-0 2003-09-11 2003 World Wrestling Championships   New York City, United States
Win 3-4   Sara Eriksson Fall 2003-09-11 2003 World Wrestling Championships   New York City, United States
Loss 2-4   Kaori Icho Fall 2002-11-01 2002 World Wrestling Championships   Chalkida, Greece
Win 2-3   Yoon So-Young 11-0 2002-11-01 2002 World Wrestling Championships   Chalkida, Greece
Loss 1-3   Meng Lili 2-6 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships   Sofia, Bulgaria
Loss 1-2   Rena Iwama 2-5 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships   Sofia, Bulgaria
Loss 1-1   Nikola Hartmann 2-5 2000-09-03 2000 World Wrestling Championships   Sofia, Bulgaria
win 1-0   Sofia Kampanari Fall 2000-09-03 2000 World Wrestling Championships   Sofia, Bulgaria

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Submission grapplingEdit

Amateur wrestlingEdit

  • International Olympic Committee
  • International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
    • 2009 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2007 NYAC Holiday International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2007 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2007 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
    • 2007 Warsaw Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2007 Pan American Games Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2007 World Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2007 Klippan Lady's Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2007 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2006 World Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
    • 2005 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
    • 2004 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
    • 2004 Manitoba Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2004 FILA Olympic Test Tournament Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2003 NYAC Christmas International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2003 Women's Championship Cup of Wrestling Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2003 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2003 World Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2003 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2003 Pan American Games Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2003 Klippan Lady's Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2003 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Henri Deglane Challenge Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Yarygin Memorial International Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2002 Klippan Lady's Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2001 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2001 Pan American Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2001 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2001 Manitoba Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2000 Clansman International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2000 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
    • 2000 Pan American Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2000 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
  • USA Wrestling
    • USA Senior Women's Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Winner (2004)
    • USA Senior Women's Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Runner-up (2008)
    • FILA Senior Women's Freestyle World Team Trials Winner (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
    • FILA Junior Women's Freestyle World Team Trials Winner (1999, 2000)
    • USA Senior Women's Freestyle National Championship (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
    • USA Senior Women's Freestyle National Championship Runner-up (2004, 2008)
    • USA University Women's Freestyle National Championship (2002)
    • USA University Women's Freestyle National Championship Runner-up (1998)
    • Northern Plains Senior Women's Freestyle Regional Championship (2008)
    • 2010 ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
    • 2006 Missouri Valley Showcase Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
  • United States Girls' Wrestling Association
    • USGWA High School National Championship (1998)

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 1 1
By submission 5 3
By decision 5 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Marion Reneau Submission (triangle choke) UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens February 24, 2018 2 3:40 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 11–4 Ketlen Vieira Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 2 4:16 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 11–3 Gina Mazany Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 1 1:14 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Catchweight (139.5 lbs) bout; Mazany missed weight.
Win 10–3 Alexis Davis Submission (arm-triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 2 2:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 9–3 Jessica Eye Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt May 29, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Amanda Nunes Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 1 2:53 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 8–2 Miesha Tate Decision (majority) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Lauren Murphy Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 3 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Loss 7–1 Ronda Rousey TKO (knee to the body) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 1:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Sheila Gaff TKO (punches) UFC 159 April 27, 2013 1 4:06 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 Shayna Baszler Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Invicta FC Bantamweight title eliminator. Fight of the Night.
Win 5–0 Hitomi Akano Decision (unanimous) ProElite 3: Da Spyder vs. Minowaman January 21, 2012 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 4–0 Raquel Pa'aluhi Submission (americana) ProElite 1: Arlovski vs. Lopez August 27, 2011 3 2:53 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Tonya Evinger Decision (unanimous) Titan Fighting Championships 19 July 29, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Win 2–0 Julie Malenfant Submission (punches) BlackEye Promotions 4 June 17, 2011 1 0:32 Fletcher, North Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Christina Marks Submission (rear-naked choke) Universal Cage Combat: Revolution May 28, 2011 1 1:41 Lawrenceburg, Indiana, United States

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See alsoEdit

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