Ronda Rousey continued to look unbeatable in her most recent UFC fight, but one of her former foes believes she has what it takes to stop the champion. After losing to Rousey in Feb. 2014, Sara McMann is ready to get back inside the octagon with the toughest woman on the planet.
"Any time I lose, I want revenge," McMann told FOX Sports on Thursday. "I want to avenge the loss, I want to go back and show I'm better than the person. I feel that towards Miesha and Ronda, but obviously the one with Ronda, that was even more controversial stoppage, so I would like that one to be first."
McMann had not previously been named among the most likely potential opponents for Rousey in her next fight. Cris “Cyborg” Justino might be the biggest threat to Rousey, and UFC president Dana White said he’s willing to make the fight happen if she can cut down to 135 pounds. A third fight between Rousey and Miesha Tate, who is the only fighter to last more than one round with the champ, is also on the table.
Rousey didn’t have much trouble with McMann when they met at UFC 170, winning via TKO after just 66 seconds. But many believe that referee Herb Dean ended the fight too quickly, and McMann wants another chance to show what she can do.
"Even to this day, people keep coming up to me and they're like, 'That fight was stopped too soon.' I'm just sitting and eating lunch and people are like, 'You should be in there; you're the one that's going to beat Ronda.' I was like, 'I think so, too,'" McMann said.
"That is exactly how I feel. I think I'm the one that's going to dethrone her."
A knee to the liver of McMann resulted in the TKO, but Rousey didn’t dominate McMann like she has most of her other opponents. After beating McMann to improve her career record to 9-0, Rousey defeated Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano in just 30 total seconds. At UFC 190 on Aug. 1, Rousey needed just 34 seconds to knockout Bethe Correia.
McMann was 7-0 before she lost to Rousey, and she’s gone 1-1 since. After defeating Lauren Murphy in a split decision last year, McMann lost a close majority decision to Tate at UFC 183 in January. She's scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes on Saturday.