With the UFC’s women’s division starting to pick up speed, Olympic medalist Sara McMann will face Sheila Gaff at UFC 159, GRACIEMAG.com learned on Friday afternoon.
Sources close to the fighters confirmed that McMann and Gaff have agreed to the bout, which will take place in Newark, N.J. on April 27.
McMann (6-0) transitioned to MMA in 2011 following successful career as a wrestler that included a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She’s kept a perfect record since the move to MMA, most recently earning a decision-win at Invicta FC 2 over Shayna Baszler.
Gaff (10-4) makes her American debut in the pending match-up. She was last seen knocking out Jennifer Maia in the CFCW promotion to earn her third consecutive win.
UFC 159 will be the UFC debut for both fighters.
Women’s MMA had their first fight in UFC last weekend when women’s champion Ronda Rousey defeated Liz Carmouche in the main event at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif. A second UFC women’s bout between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano is scheduled to take place at the TUF 17 Finale on April 13.
News of the match-up was first reported by GroundandPound.de.
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