Molly McCann is a lively character and she is one of the biggest UFC superstars from the UK. The Liverpool native fought twice this year in the two UFC London cards and beat Luana Carolina and Hannah Goldy respectively. Her passion in front of the home crowd was noticeable and it endeared her to the fans. She has quickly become one of the most popular fighters in the company because of that.
However, handling fame is not a very easy skill. Fame can either make a fighter work even harder or ruin their appetite for fighting. Hence, Molly asked for some advice from the biggest UFC superstar ever! McCann revealed she was unsure of how to keep her head down amidst all the fanfare she is receiving. But Conor McGregor showed her the way as he sent Molly a beautiful message which calmed her nerves.
The Notorious One even went as far as to claim that the 32-year-old is the fighter to beat Valentina Shevchenko.
“You’re the UFC women’s champion, I know it. You’re going to sleep Valentina… when you know, you know baby. Nothing will ever stop that. Enjoy your newfound fame and keep the team tight and know the limit with the time you give. Just consider it a new job somewhat… and then train for real as if it’s Cage Warriors still, ’cause that’s what it is and that’s what we are, Cage Warriors.” (h/t via The MacLife)
Aside from Khamzat Chimaev and Darren Till, Molly and Paddy Pimblett are perhaps the most endearing duo in the UFC. Their popularity has reached such a level that it even encouraged Drake to bet on them.
They also visited Conor McGregor’s pub in Dublin recently and had a great time at Black Forge Inn. During that, she and Paddy also face-timed the 34-year-old.
Molly McCann will return to the Octagon at UFC 281
Molly McCann currently holds a UFC record of 6-3. The flyweight fighter is coming off a stoppage win over Hannah Goldy on July 23rd. She is currently on a 3-fight win streak and will look to extend it to 4 against Erin Blanchfield at UFC 281 later this month. Molly is currently ranked 15th in the 125lbs division, while Erin is at 12th. So beating her will guarantee Molly a spot much closer to the Top 10.
Although Molly is a great striker, her grappling is nothing to laugh at either. She averages 1.73 takedowns per fight and lands 5.84 strikes per minute on top of that. So her skills make her a very dangerous opponent for any fighter in the division. However, Valentina Shevchenko is on a completely different level compared to others in the division.
Not only is she the UFC flyweight champ, but she is also the second P4P women’s fighter behind Amanda Nunes. Molly needs to go through other credible opponents in the Top 10 before she can demand a title shot. Although she has the tools, can she cause a huge upset and beat Shevchenko? Only time will tell.