"Wrestling beats Judo every singe time. I think if there's a wrestler out there to do it Sara McMann is the one to be able to put it in motion. She's a silver medalist in the Olympics and she's as good a wrestler as you're going to get. She's a worthy competitor and as ready for competition as anybody. I don't know how good her jiu jitsu game is and I know Ronda is pretty good off her back so that might be the only thing to cause a threat to Sara but I don't see her giving up her posture and being armbarred in any sort of devastating fashion like Ronda has been able to pull off with her opponents in the past. I think she's going to do really well against Ronda. I think [McMann] has a more solid wrestling base. She's not going to be tripped and taken down quite as easily as Ronda's other opponents. It's going to be really interesting to see the Judo vs. wrestling dynamic play out and watch the wrestling take over."
Sounds like Sara McMann is getting a huge vote of confidence from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 champion Julianna Pena, who tells FOX Sports (via MMA Fighting) the challenger's Olympic silver medal in wrestling trumps the champion's bronze medal in judo at this weekend's UFC 170 event in Las Vegas (results). That said, "The Venezuelan Vixen" may have more than a passing interest in this fight. Not only did she represent friend and coach Miesha Tate in the TUF 18 live finale, she also bested Ronda Rousey's gal pal, Shayna Baszler, en route to the "six-figure contract" (details). Nevertheless, it's going to be "Rowdy's" stiffest test to date (as well as McMann's) but as far as which discipline reigns supreme, we won't know that until Saturday night (Feb. 22, 2014). But don't let that stop us from speculating in the comments section below!