This past weekend’s UFC 159 event saw Sara McMann earn her first UFC victory when she punched out Sheila Gaff at about the four minute mark of the first round. Also, the UFC announced Liz Carmouche and Meisha Tate would be facing each other at the July 27th UFC on FOX 8 card scheduled for Seattle. With the roster still under construction, every match is meaningful in the women’s Bantamweight division. Champion Ronda Rousey‘s next opponent will be Cat Zingano, but where the women fall under that as far as pecking order is still to be decided.
McMann is an athlete to watch. The fans in attendance live for her fight this past weekend were merciless, as McMann and her opponent Sheila Gaff heard the boo birds early. McMann quickly established her dominance however, and she got the fight ended in the first round. McMann, though still a work in progress, is now 7-0 in MMA and is a potential title contender for 2014.
The match between Carmouche and Tate is historic in it’s own right, as it is the first time two women will face each other in the UFC who both have UFC experience. Because the division is thin, only an abysmal performance would lead to the loser being cut, but neither wants to be the first ever woman fighter to go 0-2 in the UFC.
Tate owns some advantages over Carmouche, namely in experience and in height and reach. Carmouche was exactly as advertised in her opener, where she hung tough and even threatened Rousey in the early going. She looked smaller in stature than Rousey, and it will be the same for Tate. Should the UFC open a 125 lbs weight class in the future, that could be the right move in the long run for Carmouche.
Look for this fight to go the distance, as Tate will be tested by the gritty Carmouche. In the long run, Tate will win a points decision.