Molly McCann makes her highly anticipated UFC debut at this Sunday’s Fight Night 130 event when she battles TUF 26’s Gillian Robertson.
McCann (7-1) gets to make her promotional debut in her hometown of Liverpool, England. The 28-year-old, also known as “Meatball”, is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the flyweight division and comes into the UFC having won the Cage Warriors 125-pound title.
During a recent chat with UFC.com, McCann revealed that she begun training MMA the day after UFC’s first ever female fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. She says “Rowdy” Rousey was a big part of why she wanted to be an MMA fighter.
“I needed something a little bit more, and MMA was it,” McCann said. “The different light that Ronda Rousey showed was what made me try it. I had watched it before and I was a fan of it, but I never thought I’d give it a go. And seeing her, she just glamorized it and I thought, ‘I want to do that.’”
Prior to deciding to train fulltime in MMA, McCann had gained a lot of experience in the sport of boxing. She believes her striking will be her biggest strength in the UFC.
“Up until this fight camp in MMA, I haven’t been in a boxing gym,” she explains. “It’s only this fight that I started going back to the boxing gym. I left boxing to do MMA. I didn’t leave boxing to be a boxer who does MMA. I know how sharp my hands were without boxing in MMA and now the American girls are a little bit more grappling-based, so I know I can sit on my shots a little bit more and if they get hit with it, they’re probably not gonna like it as much as what Europeans are. If you look at Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina (Kowalkiewicz), the European girls bring it with the striking, and I know big finishes and big bonuses are coming my way.”
UFC Fight Night 130 takes place this Sunday May 27 from the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. The preliminary card featuring Robertson vs. McCann airs live on Fox Sports 1 from 11am EST.