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Sara McMann: UFC champion Ronda Rousey isn’t ‘unstoppable,’ has weaknesses like everyone else

Olympic medalist vs. Olympic medalist? Sara McMann says she would be a really good match-up for UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who she says is not "unstoppable."

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She's certainly looked the part, but undefeated (7-0) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey isn't "unstoppable," according to Sara McMann.

McMann received a silver medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in wrestling and says Ronda -- who took bronze in Judo back in 2008 -- has weaknesses just like any other athlete, despite blitzing through the competition with relative ease.

And regardless if Rousey's star power has gotten a bit brighter after her latest first-round armbar victory over Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, Sara still doesn't see her as an "unstoppable" force, as she recently told Bleacher Report:

"I don't view Ronda Rousey as unstoppable because I don't view any fighter as unstoppable, or any athlete in general. Everybody has strengths. Coming with strengths, the natural thing is you will have weaknesses in certain areas, you know, myself included. I just don't look at anyone in that capacity. Every great guy fighter that I follow, they have losses on their records. You're not just, ‘Oh I started MMA, so I'm suddenly perfect.' We wouldn't want to watch that anyways. We want the highs and lows. We want the wins and the losses. That's what keeps the fans interested, so I don't view it like that, but, I've been around sports a long time."

Thanks to her unbeaten record (6-0), Sara earned herself a contract with the Zuffa-owned promotion and is set to make her Octagon debut against Sheila Gaff at UFC 159 on April 27, 2013.

And while McMann thinks she well be a "really good match-up" for "Rowdy" inside the cage -- given their respective top notch athletic credentials -- a potential fight against the 135-pound champ will have to happen at a future date seeing as how Ronda will be tied up as coach on the next installment of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18.

Her rival on the show and next challenger for her title will be determined on April 13 as the winner of the Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano showdown at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale will earn the nod to compete against "Rowdy" later this year.

Undefeated Olympic medalist in judo vs. undefeated Olympic medalist in wrestling: The UFC marketing machine certainly wouldn't have any trouble promoting that fight.

But who would prevail?

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