In a move serving as affirmation of Strikeforce’s interest in bolstering their female ranks, the organization has come to an agreement with Invicta FC to bring Sara McMann on board. The deal marks the latest venture between the two companies who have made it clear they’re open to sharing talent as long as it makes sense from a business perspective and assists in the growth of women’s MMA.
Invicta FC officials confirmed the situation in a press release where McMann explained, “I am not sure how long my MMA career will last and, with the time I have left in the sport, I need to take every opportunity that comes my way to fight the best competition out there, so this move is part of a bigger picture for me.”
The 31-year old McMann boasts a perfect record at 6-0 including wins over Tonya Evinger, Hitomi Akano, and most recently Shayna Baszler. Also worth noting, McMann is an Olympic silver medalist wrestler, making her an interesting option for bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey – also an Olympian who medaled in her core discipline (judo).
“Since we established Invicta FC at the beginning of this year, our goal has been to produce the best possible matchups between women mixed martial artists and, to achieve this, we sometimes need to import talent like Sarah Kaufman from elsewhere as well as to send talent like Sara McMann to a place like Strikeforce where there is a healthy amount of championship level professional women’s MMA competition just like there is on our roster,” added Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
No date has been confirmed for McMann’s Strikeforce debut though it appears likely she will fight in the next few months, possibly at the promotion’s card on November 3 in Oklahoma City.
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