Sarah McMann is currently exploring her options as a free agent following the completion of her most recent contract with the UFC.
Sources close to the former UFC title challenger confirmed to MMA Fighting that McMann essentially terminated her contract after she was scheduled to compete at UFC Vegas 60 before her rival Aspen Ladd failed to make weight and the fight was cancelled.
McMann was compensated for the fight she lost, but it was also the last fight on her contract, which now allows her to explore other options, or she could just as easily sign a new contract to stay in the UFC.
“I’m very disappointed that things went the way they did,” McMann wrote on Instagram after her fight with Ladd was cancelled. “I have never lost weight in my wrestling or wrestling career. Lack of weight is tantamount to cheating. You get that benefit for every pound you don’t have to cut. I want stocks and commissions to change policy so that’s not even an option at this professional level.
“At the same time, the UFC took very good care of me because I came and did my job, as always. I wish I could compete and show the hard work and growth I’ve had since my last fight.”
The 41-year-old Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling has been competing in the UFC bantamweight since 2013. After only one fight with the promotion, McMann earned a title shot against then-champion Ronda Rousey, but was defeated by a first-round knockout. after a knee to the body at the beginning of the competition.
Since then, McMann has remained a contender in the 135lb division, with resounding victories over the likes of Lauren Murphy, Jessica Eye, Alexis Davis and Lena Lansberg.
Most recently, McMann won a decision victory over Karol Rosa, and later announced her intention to start climbing the rankings again in order to compete for the title once again.
McMann will now have the option to either re-sign a new contract with the UFC or perhaps consider signing a deal with another promotion as a free agent.