One-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Esther Lin, MMA FightingOne-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann can add another accolade to her resume after she was announced as an inductee to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2022. McMann is one of only four women to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame following her achievements in the sport. The class of 2022 is also the first time in history that two women are being inducted with McMann and Clarissa Chun both joining the Hall of Fame. In college, McMann joined the University of Minnesota Morris, which touted the first ever varsity program for women. She eventually transferred to Lock Haven University, where McMann competed as part of the men’s varsity team. After college, she continued her career, joining the first-ever women’s Olympic wrestling team representing the U.S. McMann then became the first woman in U.S. wrestling history to claim a silver medal after she reached the finals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. McMann also claimed three medals at the prestigious World Championships after winning a silver in 2003 and the capturing bronze in both 2005 and 2007. Among her biggest wins, McMann was one of the only people to defeat legendary Japanese athlete Kaori Icho, who is considered arguably the greatest women’s wrestler of all time with four Olympic gold medals and 10 World Championships. Following the end of her wrestling career, McMann transitioned into MMA, and she eventually made her way to the UFC. In the octagon, she fought for the bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey in 2014. She will now join the National Wrestling Hall of Fame where she will be enshrined as one of only four fighters in UFC history to be inducted including Henry Cejudo (class of 2018), Kevin Jackson (class of 2003) and Mark Schultz (class of 1995).

One-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

One-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann can add another accolade to her resume after she was announced as an inductee to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

McMann is one of only four women to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame following her achievements in the sport. The class of 2022 is also the first time in history that two women are being inducted with McMann and Clarissa Chun both joining the Hall of Fame.

In college, McMann joined the University of Minnesota Morris, which touted the first ever varsity program for women. She eventually transferred to Lock Haven University, where McMann competed as part of the men’s varsity team. After college, she continued her career, joining the first-ever women’s Olympic wrestling team representing the U.S.

McMann then became the first woman in U.S. wrestling history to claim a silver medal after she reached the finals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. McMann also claimed three medals at the prestigious World Championships after winning a silver in 2003 and the capturing bronze in both 2005 and 2007.

Among her biggest wins, McMann was one of the only people to defeat legendary Japanese athlete Kaori Icho, who is considered arguably the greatest women’s wrestler of all time with four Olympic gold medals and 10 World Championships.

Following the end of her wrestling career, McMann transitioned into MMA, and she eventually made her way to the UFC. In the octagon, she fought for the bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey in 2014.

She will now join the National Wrestling Hall of Fame where she will be enshrined as one of only four fighters in UFC history to be inducted including Henry Cejudo (class of 2018), Kevin Jackson (class of 2003) and Mark Schultz (class of 1995).

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Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze set to headline Jan. 15 UFC event

Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty ImagesA huge featherweight bout is set to headline the UFC’s first scheduled event of 2022. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze will take place in the five-round main event at the UFC’s Jan. 15 fight card at a location and venue yet to be officially announced. The bout was initially reported by MMA Junkie and ESPN, however multiple sources tell MMA Fighting that, at the time of the reports, the fight had not been officially agreed upon, nor were contracts submitted, although preliminary discussions were underway. It wasn’t until recently that all sides were onboard, agreements were in place, and contracts were signed thereafter. Kattar will look to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Max Holloway in the main event of UFC Fight Island 7 in January. The No. 7-ranked featherweight on MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings entered that bout on the heels of back-to-back wins over Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige. Chikadze has won nine straight, including a perfect 7-0 start to his octagon tenure. The No. 8-ranked fighter on MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings has finished his last three opponents, Jamey Simmons, Cub Swanson, and — in his first promotional headliner — Edson Barboza. MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin contributed to this report.

Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze set to headline Jan. 15 UFC event
Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

A huge featherweight bout is set to headline the UFC’s first scheduled event of 2022.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze will take place in the five-round main event at the UFC’s Jan. 15 fight card at a location and venue yet to be officially announced.

The bout was initially reported by MMA Junkie and ESPN, however multiple sources tell MMA Fighting that, at the time of the reports, the fight had not been officially agreed upon, nor were contracts submitted, although preliminary discussions were underway. It wasn’t until recently that all sides were onboard, agreements were in place, and contracts were signed thereafter.

Kattar will look to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Max Holloway in the main event of UFC Fight Island 7 in January. The No. 7-ranked featherweight on MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings entered that bout on the heels of back-to-back wins over Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige.

Chikadze has won nine straight, including a perfect 7-0 start to his octagon tenure. The No. 8-ranked fighter on MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings has finished his last three opponents, Jamey Simmons, Cub Swanson, and — in his first promotional headliner — Edson Barboza.

MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin contributed to this report.

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