UFC London: McCann vs Cachoeira
By Leigh Dent
UFC returns to the capital once again, and will be lighting up the O2 on 16th March of next year. Fans up and down the Fair Isles are eagerly scouring their timelines and notifications for announcements of a headliner, which has unsurprisingly yet to be revealed.
However, the card is shaping up rather nicely, with some rising UK stars securing their place on the bill. The first official, and much welcomed, announcement came in the form of Molly McCann (7-2) v. Priscila Cachoeira (8-1).
Molly McCann has had a whirlwind career to date. After only making her professional debut in 2015, Molly lit up the MMA scene in her hometown of Liverpool before descending into the octagon for her UFC debut in May of this year. Despite Molly not getting the outcome she, and the whole of the country had longed for, she has had time to recuperate, recover and re-evaluate.
Molly was catapulted to stardom in Cage Warriors, and along with the likes of Paddy Pimblett and Darren Till, played a significant part in the city of Liverpool’s stake in the European MMA arena.
After speaking to Molly recently in an interview, it was clear that she has identified areas for development and targeted those weaknesses specifically in pushing forward in her UFC career. But the matter of the fact is that Molly McCann is known for the dynamite that she holds in her hands, and this is what could make this fight all the more exciting.
Priscila Cachoeira (8-1) quite possibly came to the attention of most of us when she faced newly crowned flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko. Cachoeria was simply outclassed from start to finish. However, her biggest fight to date should not be taken as indicative of her capabilities and potential in the octagon. Cachoeira showed more heart and grit than most of her counterparts, in fighting two entire rounds with a busted kneecap and a blown-out ACL. Still, she continued and it was almost a relief to us viewers when she finally submitted and Valentina got the tap.
Reflecting on both McCann and Cachoeira’s previous bouts, it could be argued that both women were not given opponents matched suitably to their strengths and fighting styles, but also did not reflect the stage in each of their careers. However, this sits more comfortably. Both ladies are coming off a submission loss, and although Molly has been working on grappling and ground game, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that both fighters will be more than happy to keep this fight on the feet.
Neither women have been knocked out. Both have a score to settle and a proverbial horse to get back on. It could be argued that both need this win.
With the card for March coming together quite nicely, it is fights such as these which can often be the hidden gems in the sport we hold dear to our hearts. Yes, the big glitz and glamour fights in Vegas pull in the masses and make Dana’s wallet voluminous, but it is often Fight Nights around the globe that stick in our memories for much longer after the hype of a PPV has faded. Let’s hope London is no different.