Molly McCann

Molly McCann (born 4 May 1990)[5] is an English mixed martial artist. She is a one-time Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Flyweight Champion and currently competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Molly McCann
Born (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 30)
Liverpool, England
Other namesMeatball
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach62 in (157 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofLiverpool, England
TeamNext Generation MMA[2]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3] under Paul Rimmer[4]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By decision6
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

McCann fought most of her early MMA career in England, fighting out of her native Liverpool. She fought for the MMA promotion Shock N' Awe, where she won the vacant Shock N' Awe Flyweight Championship and also defended it once. McCann also won the vacant Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Women's Flyweight Championship in 2018 against Bryony Tyrell.[6] After competing on the regional circuit, she amassed a record of 7-1 before signing with the UFC.[7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

McCann made her UFC debut on 27 May 2018, against Gillian Robertson at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till.[8] At the weigh-ins, she weighed in at 127 pounds, a single pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. She was fined 20% of her purse, which went to Robertson.[9] She lost the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.[10]

Her second fight came on 15 March 2019, facing Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal.[11] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

McCann faced Ariane Lipski on 22 June 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie.[13] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[14] Shortly after the fight, McCann signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC.[15]

McCann faced Diana Belbiţă on 18 October 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6.[16] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

McCann was scheduled to face Ashlee Evans-Smith on 21 March 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[18] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed.[19] Instead McCann faced Taila Santos on 16 July 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige.[20] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

McCann faced Lara Procópio on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 184.[22] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 10 wins 4 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 6 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–4 Lara Procópio Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Taila Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige July 16, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 10–2 Diana Belbiţă Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman October 18, 2019 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Belbiţă was deducted a point in round 2 for grabbing the cage.
Win 9–2 Ariane Lipski Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie June 22, 2019 3 5:00 Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win 8–2 Priscila Cachoeira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal March 16, 2019 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 7–2 Gillian Robertson Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till May 27, 2018 2 2:05 Liverpool, England Catchweight (127 lb) bout; McCann missed weight.
Win 7–1 Bryony Tyrell TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 90 February 24, 2018 2 1:32 Liverpool, England Won the vacant Cage Warriors Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 6–1 Priscila de Souza Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 88 October 28, 2017 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Win 5–1 Lacey Schuckman Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 82 April 1, 2017 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Win 4–1 Anjela Pink TKO (knees to the body and punches) Shinobi War 9 November 26, 2016 1 0:50 Liverpool, England
Win 3–1 Macicilia Benkhettache TKO (punches) Shock N' Awe 23 October 1, 2016 2 1:15 Portsmouth, England Defended the SNA Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 2–1 Valérie Domergue Decision (split) Shock N' Awe 22 April 1, 2016 3 5:00 Portsmouth, England Won the vacant SNA Women's Flyweight Championship.
Loss 1–1 Vanessa Melo Decision (unanimous) XFC International 12 November 28, 2015 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Katy Horlick TKO (punches) Shock N' Awe 20 May 30, 2015 1 3:12 Portsmouth, England Catchweight (132 lb) bout.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Molly McCann | UFC". Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  2. ^ Alexander K. Lee (April 18, 2020). "Molly McCann encourages women to get into combat sports: 'It will change your life forever'".
  3. ^ Peter Carroll (January 8, 2019). "Molly McCann on personal growth, overcoming anxiety following 'sore' loss in Liverpool debut". MMA Fighting.
  4. ^ @meatballmolly (December 20, 2018). "(...) Tonigt [sic] I was given my purple belt by my coach @nextgenmmalpool (...)". Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Instagram.
  5. ^ "Molly McCann ("Meatball") | MMA Fighter Page". Tapology. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  6. ^ "[Video] Watch Molly McCann Win The Vacant Cage Warriors Flyweight Title". 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  7. ^ "Molly". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  8. ^ DNA, MMA. "Molly McCann maakt UFC debuut tegen Gillian Robertson tijdens UFC Liverpool MMA DNA". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  9. ^ Staff (2018-05-26). "UFC Fight Night 130 weigh-in results: Darren Till heavy but headliner still on (Updated)". Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  10. ^ "Gillian Robertson Puts Molly McCann to Sleep". Caged Insider. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  11. ^ "Molly McCann Faces Priscila Cachoeira At UFC London". 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  12. ^ "UFC London results: Molly McCann brawls her way past Priscila Cachoeira". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  13. ^ "Ariane Lipski vs. Molly McCann Added to UFC Greenville on June 22". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  14. ^ "UFC 154: Molly McCann beats Ariane Lipski in South Carolina". 2019-06-23. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  15. ^ Farah Hannoun (July 5, 2019). "Molly McCann signs new four-fight deal with UFC".
  16. ^ Martin, Damon (2019-08-20). "Molly McCann, Deron Winn fights announced for UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  17. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-10-18). "UFC Boston Results: Pressure of Meatball Molly McCann Too Much for Debuting Belbita". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  18. ^ Redactie. "Home fight for Molly McCann against Ashlee Evans-Smith during UFC London". Retrieved 2019-12-05.(in Dutch)
  19. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-03-15). "UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  20. ^ DNA, MMA. "Molly McCann treft Taila Santos tijdens UFC evenement op 15 juli in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  21. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-07-15). "UFC Fight Island 1 Results: Taila Santos Outmatches Molly McCann". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  22. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-10-19). "Molly McCann vs. Lara Procopio toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 6 februari 2021". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  23. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-02-06). "UFC Vegas 18 Results: Lara Procopio's Grappling Too Much for Molly McCann". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  24. ^ "[Video] Watch Molly McCann Win The Vacant Cage Warriors Flyweight Title". 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  25. ^ "Molly". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-18.

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