Marion Reneau was down and all but out in the opening round of her UFC on FOX 28 bantamweight bout with Sara McMann.
Reneau was on the wrong end of a probable 10-8 opening round at Orlando’s Amway Center, and had to ride things out until the horn while McMann rained down punches from the mounted crucifix position in the round’s waning seconds.
But Reneau landed a big, fight-changing right hand, and the second round, as well as the fight, was all hers. The 40-year-old Californian capped a spectacular comeback on Saturday with a submission via triangle choke. The time of the stoppage was 3:40.
McMann took charge early in the opening round. She scored a takedown early, worked into side control and then a crucifix, and rained down punches for the bulk of the round.
In the second, though, Reneau dropped McMann with a right, and it was a matter of time from there. After the fight hit the ground, Reneau cinched the triangle tight, and McMann held out as long as she could before tapping.
“I knew coming into the second round I had to do something I had to let my right hand go,” Reneau said. “We knew it would happen, we knew she’d take me down, I knew the triangle would be there. … I knew once she got into my triangle it was going to be a matter of time.”
Reneau (9-3-1) is unbeaten in her last four fights at 3-0-1. At age 40, the clock is ticking, which might be why she feels the time is now to get into the bantamweight title picture.
“It’s time to start saying Marion Reneau is a title contender,” she said. “I want to fight for the title.”
McMann (11-5) lost her second straight fight via finish and his now 5-5 in the UFC.