A pivotal women's bantamweight match-up will not go down after all.
Undefeated former Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann was expected to face former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman later this month (Aug. 28, 2013) on the UFC Fight Night 27 main card in Indianapolis, Indiana, but unfortunately McMannn has backed out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.
According to MMA Weekly, a replacement opponent is being sought for Kaufman on short notice.
Many have hailed McMann as the best potential threat to current undefeated champion Ronda Rousey, who also medalled in the Olympics, albeit in Judo. She had an impressive UFC debut this past April, scoring a first round TKO against Sheila Gaff on the FX portion of the UFC 159 preliminary card.
Her bout against Kaufman would certainly have held title implications.
Potential replacements include recent UFC winners Alexis Davis (who's already fought Kaufman twice), Germane de Randamie, Liz Carmouche or Amanda Nunes. It will be interesting to see if either of them are interested in stepping up or if UFC has to find someone from outside the promotion.