Following months of call outs and Twitter challenges, No. 2 ranked Miesha Tate and No. 3 ranked Sara McMann are finally going to fight after agreeing to meet at UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz on January 31 in Las Vegas.
The two top five ranked women’s fighters had been going back and forth for months as speculation ran wild that they would eventually get matched up for a bout. Now the deal is done with Tate and McMann joining the upcoming UFC 183 card featuring the return of Anderson Silva against bad boy Nick Diaz.
Tate (15-5) has picked up a couple of key wins in her last two fights beating Liz Carmouche and previously undefeated prospect Rin Nakai. The former Strikeforce women’s champion has been a stalwart of the rankings for the past few years and now she looks to add another top name to her resume.
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McMann (8-1) is trying to get back to another rematch with women’s champion Ronda Rousey after suffering a defeat to her earlier this year, which marks the only loss on her MMA record.
McMann is a decorated wrestler as well as a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, but now she wants to add UFC gold to her list of accolades.
She could take a big step forward in that conquest if she can get past Tate at UFC 183 in January.