With the spotlight on this weekend’s Invicta Fighting Championships card, there is an additional bright beam of light pointed directly at Sara McMann.

The Maryland native holds a professional record of 5-0 with a boatload of additional accolades, which is one of the top reasons that she will be featured in the evening’s main event.  Even though she has a 15-minute dance in the cage scheduled with Shayna Baszler this Saturday, it is fun to look ahead a little bit and speculate on what could come of McMann if she is indeed victorious.

When it comes to having the title that all female fighters want, one need look no further than the waist of Strikeforce fighter Ronda Rousey.  “Rowdy” is currently the face of women’s MMA and is even featured on the back cover of the UFC Magazine that is currently out now.  She is one of the featured athletes in the recent ESPN Magazine “The Body” issue, and she is on top of the MMA world.

One of the biggest common links between the two women is that they both hold Olympic medals in their trophy cases back at home.  Rousey holds a bronze in Judo from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and isn’t afraid to use that Judo inside the cage, as it has helped her amass a perfect record through five fights with all ending in first-round armbar victories.  It feels like every person in the media who talks about her has to throw in the fact that she is a bronze medalist, and rightfully so since it is such a high honor.

But while Rousey holds a bronze, McMann can actually top that. Back in the 2004 Athens games, McMann outwrestled all but one competitor en route to a silver medal in freestyle wrestling, a feat never before accomplished by an American woman.  It is without question that she uses this wrestling base as her primary tactic in MMA, and the success that follows her speaks for itself.  But assuming she is able to take down Baszler this weekend and Rousey is able to handle Sarah Kaufman in August, the best move that Strikeforce could make would be to bring the wrestler in and put the two head-to-head.

Sure, having fighters challenge for the title in their promotional debut can be iffy at times, but were people all that against Nate Marquardt fighting for the title during Strikeforce’s last event?  Factor in the unfortunate lack of depth at the top of women’s MMA, and you have yourself a great marketing opportunity.

Two fighters who would hold professional records of 6-0—one an Olympic bronze medalist, the other an Olympic silver medalist—fighting for the top gold title belt in the world?  Sounds like an easy fight to sell, if you ask me.

Photo: Ronda Rousey (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Brian McKenna
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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.