Sara McMann Claims Ring Rust Won’t Be An Issue In Rousey Fight

January 9, 2014 8:12 pm by Derek Langhorn

By the time she fights UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 170 it will be nearly 10 months since Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann’s last fight. Some competitors may worry about ring rust after an extended time away from the octagon, but McMann isn’t one of them.

According to McMann, her Olympic wrestling background and her MMA training makes her less prone to ring rust.

“When you’ve done something for that long, you could wake me up in the middle of the night and tell me to hit something and I would hit it. It’s so many years and so much muscle memory,” McMann said.

“That’s like saying ‘well, if this fighter gets injured, will they not come back being that person?’ No. Maybe if they were just starting out and only doing it for a couple of months, but I don’t experience that in wrestling and I don’t experience it in fighting,” she added.

McMann’s wrestling background spans two decades. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, she won a silver medal and she is also a two-time Pan American Games gold medalist.

Rousey is an Olympian as well, winning her bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

UFC 170 takes place Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.

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