Sara McMann, who lost her bid for the world women’s bantamweight title to champion Ronda Rousey earlier this year, has been added to the UFC Fight Night 47 mixed martial arts card scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
McMann, who fights out of Gaffney, South Carolina, was undefeated until she was knocked out with a knee to the midsection by Rousey in the first round of their UFC 170 clash in Las Vegas in February.
McMann, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, will take a 7-1 record into her Bangor bout against undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer Lauren Murphy from Anchorage, Alaska.
Murphy (8-0) won the Invicta FC bantamweight crown last December with a fourth-round win over Miriam Nakamoto.
The UFC’s Bangor debut will be headlined by a battle between top-10-ranked light heavyweights Ryan “Darth” Bader and Ovince Saint Preux.
Also appearing on the card will be Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch, the 13th-ranked UFC middleweight, taking on 14th-ranked Brad Tavares.
Lemke to make featherweight debut
Jon Lemke of Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer will make his debut in the 145-pound bantamweight division at New England Fights’ NEF XIV show scheduled for Sept. 6 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Lemke (3-2) is slated to take on “The Titanium Warrior” Amos Collins (3-4).
The former Marine won his first three professional fights in the 155-pound lightweight division but has dropped his last two bouts, prompting him to make the cut in weight in consultation with his coach, former UFC contender Marcus Davis.
“I am so very grateful and excited to step back in the NEF cage,” Lemke said. “Stepping back in the cage in my last fight was a huge victory for me, but [that] was only half of it. Now I have to complete the comeback with a victory. I very much look forward to doing battle with Mr. Collins and leaving everything I have in that cage.”
Training out of Serra BJJ in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Collins has won his last two bouts — most recently scoring a first-round stoppage of John “First Class” Raio in May, also in Lewiston.
Collins will be one of two South Carolina fighters on the Sept. 6 NEF card, as stable mate and Maine native Brandon Bushaw will make his professional debut in a 135-pound clash against fellow first-timer Elias Leland.
The two originally were scheduled to battle at NEF XIII in May, but Bushaw was sidelined by a staph infection in his leg.
Born in Lincoln, Bushaw was an all-state and all-conference wrestler at Westbrook High School during the late 1990s who went on to wrestle at Michigan State, where his teammates included former UFC light heavyweight world champion Rashad Evans.
Bushaw was a 2011 inductee into the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.
Leland last fought as an amateur in August when he defeated Trevor Hebert via first-round technical knockout at NEF IX.
“I can’t wait to fight,” he said. “I’m going to put on a show for you guys so make sure you are looking for me. I have worked on my game, and it’s as strong as ever. Let’s do this.”
NEF’s Sept. 6 card will be headlined by a battle for the promotion’s superheavyweight belt between Eastbrook native Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia, a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, and fellow UFC veteran Christian Morecraft.
Also scheduled is an NEF lightweight title bout between Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington and Jesse “The Viking” Erickson, as well as the return to the cage of NEF featherweight champion Ray “All Business” Wood, sidelined since last fall by a torn anterior cruciate ligament.