Liverpool fighter Molly McCann earned her third consecutive UFC win in Boston last night.
‘Meatball’ came up against Diana Belbita on the preliminary card and proved once again why she deserves to be amongst the best women’s flyweights in the world.
Her opponent had some success early into the first round with her constant pressure on the feet, as she landed multiple strikes, but McCann quickly adapted in the fight and implemented a more grappling-heavy game plan.
The second round was where some began to dominate, continuously taking the Romanian down on the fence. One moment during the end of the second, McCann had flattened out Belbita on the mat and landed a barrage of strikes.
Belbita was deducted a point in the second for grabbing the fence multiple times and knew she needed a finish in the third round to win.
However, she did little to hurt ‘Meatball’ in the third, who earned 30-26 on all three judges scorecards to secure her third victory in just four octagon appearances.
Speaking about the fight, she attributed that loss on her UFC debut to her current win streak she is on now.
She said: “There biggest slice of humble pie I have ever had in my life on my debut and it shaped me into the person I am now and I think you will all see a difference in my character, not work ethic but there is a different belief.”
A spot in the amongst the top fifteen flyweight’s in the UFC rankings is likely now and she should look forward to a title contender fight soon.
On the main card, Dominick Reyes stopped former middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the first round to potentially secure his first shot at UFC gold.
Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez put on the fight of the night in the co-main event, after a disappointing end to their first fight last month.
Flyweight prospect Maycee Barber again proved why she deserves to be at the top in the sport despite her young age, as she finished Gillian Robertson three minutes into the first round.
Darren Stewart was similarly successful as he defeated Deron Winn by decision to end a successful night for England in Boston.
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