Molly McCann Shows The Eye of the Tiger
The evolution of Molly McCann isn’t yet complete, but it’s well and truly underway.
Showing much-needed variety in her attack McCann got her UFC career going at the second attempt as she took a well-deserved decision over an incredibly tough opponent.
Priscila Cachoeira kept marching forward but only a severe eye injury McCann suffered in the final round, gave her any real hope of victory.
McCann isn’t the finished article yet, some of her takedown attempts looked a little forced, and she loaded up a little too much at times. But the overall improvement was obvious.
McCann showed her progression towards the end of the 1st and she looked more than capable of getting a submission, showing her 100 plus hours on the mat since her loss to Gillian Robertson last May haven’t been wasted. Another 30 seconds with McCann in mount, it might have ended right there.
Nothing seems to come easy for McCann, and the horrific eye injury briefly threatened to rob her of her moment. The referee called for the doctor with just 48 seconds of the fight remaining, and a heartbreaking stoppage looked a distinct possibility.
Thankfully for the Liverpool fighter, she was given the benefit of doubt, and McCann saw the fight out to claim the unanimous decision from the judges. All three judges saw it 29-28.
McCann becomes the very first English women fighter to have her hand raised in the UFC, something which nobody can ever take away from her, a little slice of history.
Both fighters entered the ring with their jobs in the UFC probably on the line. For McCann it was a case of redemption and not her release, she has now earned her seat at the table.
McCann questioned her abilities, but she revamped her team, hired a nutritionist and worked tirelessly to improve her all-round game. Tonight at the O2 we saw the fruits of her labour, the ride goes on.
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