By Jack Circuit

Liverpool born-and-bred UFC fighter Molly “Meatball” McCann declared she is far from done with MMA following her defeat at UFC Fight Night 184.

“Meatball” Molly, fighting out of the Next Generation MMA gym in Liverpool, fell to a unanimous decision defeat to Brazil’s Lara Procopio in Las Vegas. A second loss in a row for the 30-year-old Flyweight brings her record to 10-4 in MMA and 3-3 in UFC.

Many fans made their concerns heard on social media after it appeared McCann had decided to retire. She was seen laying her gloves in the centre of the octagon after the fight – a tradition that many fighters follow when they retire from the sport.

However, this was not to be the case as she later revealed on Twitter that the act was in fact a tribute for her late father on what would have been his birthday.

The messages of concern on social media subsequently turned into messages of support. Fellow fighters including former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson and Scott Askham sent their love to the former Cage Warriors Flyweight champion.

Her beloved Everton FC also got in touch to send their best wishes, saying: “Hard luck tonight, Molly. You make a lot of scousers, Blues and plenty more people proud every time you do what you do – and we’re sure Paul is too. We’re always in your corner.”

McCann later posted a picture of her father on Instagram with a message saying “Happy Birthday pops! I’ll get em next time”.

Meatball Molly sure seems hungry to avenge her loss so be sure to keep an eye out in this local MMA talent, who is far from done yet!