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Interesting words here from the champ, Ronda Rousey, who below my words has a pretty good reason why Sara McMann failed hard to get past her a few months ago. Basically, I believe Ronda is saying that McMann became shellshocked at the media presence of fight week. She couldn’t handle the obligations or the pressure that came along with the biggest fight in her MMA career, and she crumbled.
Or so Ronda basically says to MMAFighting:
“I think that could have been what happened to Sara McMann, I don’t think she really wanted what came along with being the UFC champion. She did, really, zero media for the whole thing, because she felt like the media would interfere with her training. Well, the media needs to be part of her training.”
“When it comes down to it, when it comes to the day that you’re fighting, you could have avoided the cameras all that you want,” Rousey said. “But they’re in there in that locker room with you, and they’re in your face while you’re walking out. And they’re filming you when you’re fighting. And so of all the preparation that you’ve done that had no cameras involved, when they are involved, it’s not going to be the same. A lot of people aren’t going to want that and aren’t ready for it and they’re not going to enjoy it.”