October 7, 2022

British MMA star Molly McCann has revealed the devasting impression shedding in her UFC debut had on her psychological well being.

‘Meatball’ was referred to as as much as the large leagues in 2018 after amassing a formidable 7-1 file and successful the Cage Warriors flyweight title.

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McCann has turn out to be a fan favorite within the UFC

The proud Scouser was a part of the UFC’s first and solely card in Liverpool, however issues didn’t go to plan towards Gillian Robertson on the Echo Enviornment.

McCann, who missed weight forward of the bout, was dominated on the bottom and was subsequently choked unconscious in entrance of her pals, household, and followers.

The 32-year-old struggled to come back to phrases with the defeat and admits she struggled to manage mentally within the weeks and months that adopted.

“I used to be given the chance to battle for the UFC. [I] competed in that and received choked out unconscious within the second spherical,” McCann instructed Gary Neville on The Overlap.

“For the primary three weeks post-fight, each time I used to be falling asleep, I used to be dreaming it was the battle and I’d should get up and I used to be reliving that second. I had post-traumatic stress from that.

“I sat myself down perhaps a month after with the staff and I used to be pondering, ‘how can I transfer ahead? How can I higher this?’ I couldn’t even stroll down the road and look individuals within the eye as a result of I believed I had allow them to down.”

McCann was no match for Robertson on the ground

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McCann was no match for Robertson on the bottom

‘Meatball’ picked up her win in the UFC against Priscila Cachoeira

‘Meatball’ picked up her win within the UFC towards Priscila Cachoeira


A former boxer, McCann put down her gloves and determined to dedicate the subsequent few months to engaged on her floor sport.

“I simply executed this factor of 100 days of jiu-jitsu. I believed, ‘I’m not going to be in my consolation zone.’ It may have been fairly detrimental to myself, however I believed, ‘put your self in that place on daily basis.’

“For 100 days I didn’t punch, didn’t kick. I received robust, dieted, and saved on beginning in that very same place that she completed me, identical place, identical place.

“Then UFC London got here, and I had every little thing in my thoughts. I used to be like, proper, I’m going to put on the identical colors that I misplaced in to show it was not what I used to be carrying. I’m going to do every little thing the identical.”

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McCann finally got over her debut defeat when she scored her first Octagon KO in March

McCann lastly received over her debut defeat when she scored her first Octagon KO in March

The 32-year-old and her teammate Paddy Pimblett will look to continue their impressive win streaks this weekend

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The 32-year-old and her teammate Paddy Pimblett will look to proceed their spectacular win streaks this weekend

The previous Subway sandwich artist received again within the win column in her subsequent battle and has turn out to be a fan favorite however says she didn’t actually recover from her debut defeat till earlier this 12 months.

McCann scored arguably one of the best knockout of 2022 to this point when she caught Luana Carolina with a spinning again elbow on the O2 Enviornment in March.

“All that tough feeling and imposter syndrome and that feeling of not being ok,” she mentioned. “I’ve nonetheless took into each battle and battle camp till I knocked out that woman.”

McCann will look to stretch her win streak to 3 when she takes on Hannah Goldy at UFC London this Saturday.

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