Sara McMann will make her second Bellator appearance this coming Saturday, as she takes on Leah McCourt at Bellator 300.
McMann (14-6) signed for the promotion in 2022 after a 13 fight tenure with the UFC which saw her compete for the bantamweight title back in 2014. In her Bellator debut, the 43-year-old defeated Arlene Blencowe in what was her debut at 145lbs.
The Maryland native believes that this fight with McCourt will determine who is next to fight for the title, whether that be against Cris Cyborg or Cat Zingano. When asked if she thinks this fight is a title eliminator at the Bellator 300 media day, she said “I think so. I don’t know who else I’d have to fight it would just seem redundant to fight whoever wins between Cat and Cris.
“I would assume I would be next in line, I just don’t know what else I’d have to do. Coming into the promotion, not to take anything away but I really feel like Arlene is one of the best fighters in this promotion and to fight her right out of the gate at a new weight class, I shouldn’t have to fight another fight to be a title contender because of my history in the UFC and the way that fight went.”
As mentioned before, this is just McMann’s second fight at featherweight as she has spent her career fighting at 135lbs. She spoke about the difference in fighting at featherweight.
“I didn’t know until I started prepping for some of the bigger girls that in my training all I have is, most of the girls I go with are larger than me, so I was like ‘wow I’ve already been doing this’, all of my training partners are taller than me and bigger than me so that had already been what I was accustomed to.”
Watch the full Bellator 300 media day appearance from Sara McMann above.