It took Pena a although to get up and managing in her UFC 257 bout versus McMann.
But the moment Pena did, it was like viewing a sports activities car rev up. “The Top Fighter 18” winner shook off a sluggish spherical, turned the tide in the next, then concluded items with a rear-bare choke in the 3rd. The time of the end was 3:39.
“It went exactly as I anticipated,” Pena reported. “Sara McMann is the most effective wrestler in the division. I conquer the greatest wrestler in the division, and now I want Amanda Nunes following.”
The first spherical was all for 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist McMann. She arrived into the bout the all-time leader in takedowns in the women’s bantamweight division with 20 and wasted minimal time including to her overall. She transitioned from facet manage to a back again consider and approximately sunk in her hooks, then when she couldn’t pretty get there, transitioned to major control, landing elbows alongside the way.
The 2nd noticed both of those fighters have their times in a round once more generally fought on the ground, but as the round wore on, it was very clear Pena was starting to be stronger, even as she was on the bottom in which she landed punch soon after punch as McMann tried using to make improvements to her place.
By the 3rd, Pena had plainly taken above. She was intense from the outset, threw McMann to the mat, landed elbows aggressively as McMann turtled, then built a sweet transition to acquire her back again and sink in the winning choke, the fourth submission victory of her vocation.