First, UFC fighter Frank Mir made the switch to challenge Olympic wrestler Frank Cormier on a Strikeforce fight card. Now, a second MMA fighter talent swap has been added to Strikeforce: Cormier vs Mir on Saturday, November 3 at 10:00 pm ET/PT.
Sara McMann, Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, has signed a four-fight contract with Strikeforce and is scheduled to face former US Marine, Liz Carmouche. No word yet on whether the fight is scheduled for the main card or the prelims.
Carmouche, a Strikeforce fighter, has been on loan to the all female Invicta FC organization.
Sara McMann tweeted confirmation, "Just got my bout agreement last night so it's official that I will be fighting on Nov. 3rd in OKC vs @IamGirlRilla for @StrikeForce!"
Is McMann ready for Strikeforce?
McMann (age 31) has the fight experience to challenge Carmouche (age 28), but does she have enough MMA experience to defeat the former Marine?
Get ready to see a technical battle between two fierce, female competitors. Both are mentally tough and unwilling to give up.
Liz Carmouche wants to fight current Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey. On her Facebook page, Liz Carmouche said, "I represent everyone that ever felt that they didn't fit in. I am a fighter for misfits & soldiers alike. Please support me in my hunt for gold! Fingers crossed!"
I expect Liz to show up ready to attrit the battle field and secure her spot to challenge Rousey for the Strikeforce bantamweight title. But there's no guarantee that Carmouche's high level fight experience gives her the edge over McMann, the Olympic wrestler.
Josh Gross from ESPN tweeted, "Glad to see Sara McMann move from Invicta to Strikeforce. She seems like a sure bet to make a compelling (sellable) fight w/ Ronda Rousey."
Fans will soon see who might get the next shot at the Strikeforce bantamweight title. Carmouche has certainly climbed the fight ladder to be entitled to face current champion Ronda Rousey.
What if McMann defeats Carmouche?
If McMann defeats Carmouche, she takes a major step forward in her quest to attain the belt.
As a fan, I would rather see Liz Carmouche take on Ronda Rousey next. McMann is still developing her skill set as an MMA fighter. I think she would be best served by giving herself more time to see what Ronda looks like when more of her skills are called into play. Because Ronda is the queen of quick finishes, fans haven't seen a full display of her MMA arsenal yet.
Take Risks or Fight Smart?
Because Sara is a wrestler, there's a possibility that the fight could be all lay-and-pray. I checked Sara's blog and read about how Sara takes risks as a fighter.
On Sara's personal blog, she said, "I have to be willing to make mistakes again. I have to be willing to lose position or even the fight to pursue MMA in the way that is true to me as an athlete. There is a time where you want to fight 'smart' and to limit your risks, but I am at a point where my need to grow is far greater than my need to win. I am at a crossroad where I can take the safe route and stick to my skills or I can push my talents as far as they will go."
Sara will need all that and more to defeat dangerous challenger, Liz Carmouche. Both fighters are eager to be next in line to face Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey.
Strikeforce: Cormier vs Mir takes place in Oklahoma City, OK at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Source: interview mmafighting.com, Twitter, Facebook, Sherdog
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny