Ronda Rousey to face Sara McMann
LAS VEGAS -- Within hours of defending the UFC female bantamweight title for the second time on Saturday, Ronda Rousey agreed to her next fight. Rousey (8-0) will meet bantamweight contender Sara McMann (7-0) on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. The bout will headline the pay-per-view UFC 170 event.
The title bout was announced during the UFC 168 news conference immediately after Rousey defeated Miesha Tate via arm bar in the third round. Rousey, who fought twice in 2013, said she wanted the quick turnaround.
"[UFC president] Dana [White] actually approached me about this before [UFC 168]," Rousey said. "I wanted to fight again soon. I don't want to sit on the shelf. I'm in the best shape of my life, now. I think it's the perfect time to go back-to-back."
Rousey has won each of her professional bouts via arm bar. Prior to Saturday, none of her opponents had escaped the first round.
She will face a fellow U.S. Olympian in McMann. Rousey was a bronze medalist in judo in 2008, while McMann won a silver medal for U.S. wrestling in 2004.
McMann began her professional mixed martial arts career in 2011. She is 1-0 in the UFC, with a first-round TKO over Sheila Gaff at UFC 159 in April.
Cat Zingano, who was scheduled to coach opposite Rousey on "The Ultimate Fighter" but withdrew due to a knee injury, is expected to resume training in March. White said Zingano would likely still receive an immediate title shot once healthy.