Olympic medalist Sara McMann and Alexis Davis are the two newest female faces in the UFC, a company official said on a conference call on Tuesday.
McMann and Davis are the fifth and sixth female fighters announced as added to the UFC roster following Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano.
McMann (6-0) made her name known by winning the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling. She transitioned to MMA in 2010 as an amateur, turning pro a year later.
McMann was most recently seen winning a unanimous decision over Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 2 in July. The win kept her undefeated record intact, with other victories coming in the ProElite and Titan Fighting Championships promotions among others.
Davis (13-5) is a Canadian fighter with roots that extend from the Cesar Gracie Fight Team. She, like McMann, most recently defeated Baszler in her last outing, a rear-naked choke at Invicta FC 4 last month.
McMann’s addition to the UFC’s growing female roster means one-third of it has Olympic experience with Rousey having won bronze in 2008’s Beijing games.
The first women’s UFC fight will take place on Feb. 23 at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif. at the Honda Center when Rousey defends her title against Carmouche. The second women’s UFC bout will be at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 when Tate battles Zingano.
No announcements were made regarding McMann’s and Davis’ first UFC fights.
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