One-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann is the most recent addition to the Bellator roster.
McMann has signed a multi-fight cope with the Paramount-owned promotion, MMA Preventing confirmed with Bellator officers, to compete within the featherweight division. The transfer was initially reported by Ariel Helwani.
McMann, 42, accomplished her UFC contract in September with the cancellation of a UFC Vegas 60 bout in opposition to Aspen Ladd; the battle was known as off after Ladd didn’t make weight. It was the second time the bout was rebooked after Ladd contracted COVID-19 and was compelled to withdraw from a UFC San Diego reserving. McMann stated she would regroup earlier than making her subsequent transfer.
A longtime bantamweight, McMann strikes as much as be part of the hunt for a title shot in opposition to present Bellator featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, who stays unbooked for her subsequent MMA battle.
An Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, McMann transitioned to MMA in 2011. She fought Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight title at UFC 170 and was stopped by first-round TKO. She earned a 7-6 report within the octagon and in March outpointed Karol Rosa at UFC Columbus to rebound from a submission loss to Julianna Pena.