Sara McMann made her UFC debut and picked up her first UFC win at UFC 159: Jones Vs Sonnen this past Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey. Competing in only the third women’s bout to happen in the octagon, McMann was able to overwhelm Sheila Gaff with strikes in the first round and pick up the win. McMann discussed how she drew on her experiences competing in the Olympics and how she knew nerves and pressure would play a big part in her TV debut.
McMann told MMAJunkie
“I think that I always like to err on the side of caution. So I told myself, it was going to be, ‘Ugh, your schedule is going to be packed with media stuff. It’s going to be frustrating, and you’re going to have a hard weight cut.’ I kind of prepared myself for all of these inconveniences and tons of pressure and the crowd bothering me. I got that all in my head so that if happened, I wasn’t taken off guard. It also set me up to enjoy a lot of stuff. I was really surprised how many things I really enjoyed.”
“My adrenaline was going the whole time pretty constant. Actually, a little bit after the fight, I looked at my coaches, and I was like, ‘I’m still in the fight. I’m not calmed down whatsoever yet.’ It was still another couple of minutes before I got back to the regular real world.”
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