Molly McCann

Meatball

England

Again bests Diana Belbita
StrawweightUFC
February 3, 2024
McCann defeated Diana Belbita via submission (armbar) at 4:59 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a rematch of an October 2019 fight that McCann won via unanimous decision. She didn't need the entire 15 minutes here. Molly picked Belbita apart on the feet before scoring a couple takedowns and earning the submission win with exactly one second to go in Round 1. A better opponent almost certainly survives to see Round 2. We've seen time and time against that McCann, at age 33, is extremely limited. She has enough skill to beat lower-level fighters, but that's about where it ends. This victory snaps a brief two-fight losing streak and would go on to earn her one of two $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses awarded on the evening.
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Scheduled against Belbita again
StrawweightUFC
December 6, 2023
McCann will compete against in a strawweight fight Diana Belbita at UFC Vegas 85 on Feb. 3, according to Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
ANALYSIS
McCann and Belbita previously fought at flyweight. At UFC on ESPN 6 in October 2019, McCann defeated Belbita via unanimous decision. Much has changed in four years though, and the two will rematch again with ample experience and under a different weight class.
Moving down division
StrawweightUFC
July 24, 2023
McCann will move down to strawweight, per Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca.
ANALYSIS
Following back-to-back submission losses at flyweight, McCann will move down a division to strawweight and test her abilities there. Despite her ample UFC experience, none of it has been in the strawweight division. However, it is there where McCann can at least fight more women similar to her in terms of height and reach.
Second straight submission loss
StrawweightUFC
July 22, 2023
McCann lost to Julija Stoliarenko via submission (armbar) at 1:55 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
ANALYSIS
That should just about do it for the McCann experiment. Quickly submitting to Erin Blanchfield at Madison Square Garden last November is perfectly understandable since Blanchfield is really good, but immediately tapping to an opponent in Stoliarenko that entered with a 1-4 record in her first five UFC bouts is another matter entirely. Molly made a name for herself with a couple of stoppage wins over low-end competition, but that's about it. Now 6-5 in her first 11 fights with the company, McCann isn't going to see a co-main event slot again any time soon.
Set to fight in July
StrawweightUFC
April 25, 2023
McCann will face Julija Stoliarenko on July 22 at a UFC event in London.
ANALYSIS
McCann is 13-5-0 in professional MMA, but she's coming off a loss to Erin Blanchfield via submission last November. She'll look to get back on track against Stoliarenko, who's lost each of her first three UFC fights.
Not competitive in submission loss
StrawweightUFC
November 12, 2022
McCann lost to Erin Blanchfield via submission (Kimura) at 3:37 of Round 1 at UFC 281 on Saturday in New York.
ANALYSIS
McCann's problems with grapplers have been well documented, and this was no exception, as "Meatball" offered little resistance on the ground. Blanchfield cut through McCann's guard like butter until a deep Kimura forced the tap. The former Cage Warriors flyweight champion has garnered a fanbase through her exciting standup fights, but she will need to show some kind of competency on the ground if she wants to stay at the highest level. McCann falls to 13-5-0 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.