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Sara McMann not sure Alexis Davis' BJJ skills would help her beat Ronda Rousey

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According to a Dec. 31 report from MMA Fighting, former Olympic wrestler Sara McMann (7-0) isn't sure Alexis Davis' Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expertise could give her an edge in stopping Ronda Rousey's armbar.

McMann, 33, thinks controlling Rousey with wrestling could be far more effective than trying to stop her with BJJ techniques.

"In BJJ, while they still start on their feet and they do incorporate some takedowns, traditionally they start on the ground. I think if Ronda's in a position where she's the one enforcing the takedown, she gets to choose the better position," McMann said. "It doesn't matter how good you are at BJJ, some positions are extremely dominant like side control and mount or taking someone's back.

"When you control the takedown, you control a lot more, putting yourself in very dominant positions. It would have to be a BJJ girl who's very versed in takedowns and throws."

McMann likely brought the issue up because some fight fans think Davis (15-5) should have been next in line to fight for Rousey's belt.

Instead, Davis received the call to fight perennial bantamweight title contender Jessica Eye, at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Davis vs Eye goes down on the same card as McMann vs Rousey, and the winner could very well be next up for a title fight.

McMann says she needs to dominate Rousey in every area to notch the victory, not just in wrestling or judo.

"[Rousey] looked pretty comfortable on her feet," McMann said. "In my mind, there's not one specific area that I want to win that I think is going to make a huge difference. I need to win in every area to beat the champion. If it goes to decision, it's very hard to beat the champion, so you have to definitely dominate in every area. That's how I feel."


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