Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Sara McMann vs Amanda Nunes added to Aug. 8 UFC show

Sara McMann, Amanda Nunes
Last night the UFC announced that Sara McMann vs Amanda Nunes has been added to UFC Fight Night 74 Aug. 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. This show will air on Fox Sports 1 in the US and TSN in Canada probably on the main card. This is an important match in the Women's Bantamweight division with two fighters who seem to have title contender potential but both have fallen short. Of course Sara McMann has that 2004 Olympic Silver medal in wrestling. But that hasn't helped her much in MMA. She was heavily hyped before challenging Ronda Rousey for the belt last. I can't tell you how many supposed experts thought she would win that fight. And when she lost in a minute, there were plenty of excuses. Earlier this year, Sara got an opportunity to get back in the title picture. She knocked Miesha Tate down in round one. But instead of taking advantage of that with ground and pound, she inexplicably sat on Miesha for the rest of the round which gave Miesha time to recover. There is no excuse for that kind of poor decision making. And then Miesha came back to win by majority decision. Now Miesha is fighting Jessica Eye for a title shot and Sara could be headed to Palookaville if she doesn't win this fight. Brazilian Amanda Nunes now trains at Master MMA in Florida. She also missed a title shot opportunity when she lost to Cat Zingano last fall. Amanda started out like a house afire and then ran out of gas. She says she learned her lesson from that and she beat Shayna Baszler a couple of months ago. Shayna has since been released. But Amanda has never beaten an elite fighter and needs to do that to become an elite fighter herself. A win over a former title contender like Sara will do that. And if Amanda falls short again, she could be headed to Palookaville. And avoiding Palookaville is what this fight is about.

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