Molly McCann eyeing another scalp on UFC’s ‘Fight Island’ | MMA News | The Union Journal


    Molly McCann knows all about taking on Brazilian fighters however the Liverpool flyweight is about to demonstrate something new against Taila Santos at the UFC’s ‘Fight Island’ this week.

    In her 12 mixed martial contests, McCann, the first English woman to win in the UFC, has show up against four Brazilians and Santos at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island in the first hours of Thursday morning will be number five.

    Past experience, plus Santos’ 10 knockout wins from her 15-1 record, has given McCann an insight into what things to expect, however the 30-year-old is eager to showcase her adaptability as she looks to boost her MMA ledger to 11-2.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],’theunionjournal_com-medrectangle-3′,’ezslot_11′,106,’0′,’0′]));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],’theunionjournal_com-medrectangle-3′,’ezslot_12′,106,’0′,’1′]));

    “The UFC likes me and Brazilians because it’s like getting two Mexican boxers going to war, we’re not going to step back,” McCann said.

    “She fights that way and I fight that way. But I’ve got a whole new fighting style for this fight, it’s been so difficult not to put pad work or grappling online because I’m just bringing an entire different me.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],’theunionjournal_com-medrectangle-4′,’ezslot_10′,107,’0′,’0′]));

    “It’s a different form of self-expression and just a different style that I think negates hers very well.”

    McCann was designed to face Ashlee Evans-Smith on March 21 at The O2 in London however the event became the first in the UFC to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    She has kept busy through the UK’s lockdown – launching her own podcast and YouTube channel aswell bringing out her very own coffee brand – but her training regime in anticipation of stepping back in the octagon has been prioritised.

    MMA was the very first sport in the United States to restart amid the public health crisis and ‘Fight Island’ was conceived as a means of allowing international fighters to compete, with four shows this month.

    This could be the second event following on from UFC 251 at the week-end, and McCann is ready to unleash months of pent-up frustration on Santos after admitting to growing increasingly tetchy in recent weeks.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],’theunionjournal_com-box-4′,’ezslot_18′,108,’0′,’0′]));

    “I was supposed to fight in March and I signed that contract on December 4 last year so this will be seven months that I’ve literally been going out of my mind and making sacrifices,” McCann said.

    “I have already been conditioned to fight in a fight camp since December, so my mind-set is beginning to change now.

    “When I’m talking to people they can see I’m beginning to get… I would’t say rude but a bit shorter, a bit more to the level, not as bubbly. I’m just so all set to go. I am chomping at the bit to punch this Brazilian’s head in.”

    McCann, who along with every fighter and their coaching teams has been tested a number of times for Covid-19, is ranked 15th in the UFC’s 125lb division and a fourth successive win could elevate her two or three places.

    But having lost her UFC opener after being choked out by Gillian Robertson 2 yrs ago, McCann’s three successive victories ever since then have taught her never to look past an acceptable limit ahead.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],’theunionjournal_com-banner-1′,’ezslot_19′,109,’0′,’0′]));

    “I used to (call people out) and then I got put to sleep. I got humbled,” McCann added.

    “Be careful what you wish for because if I start calling people out and they beat me I’m just going to look like a mug. I just fight who I fight and get in there and do the job.”

    Watch the most recent episode of Bellator MMA Recharged on Saturday at 11pm on Sky Sports Arena, as we look back at the Bellator 237 meeting of Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

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