Molly McCann: ‘When Bruce Buffer speaks I’ll know Britain is screaming for me’

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Molly McCann knows that she will have the unwavering support of UFC fans across Great Britain and Ireland this weekend as she takes on Ji Yeon Kim during the opening stages of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till.

With McCann's fellow Liverpudlian Darren Till headlining the event which has been scheduled for prime time BST viewing, the likes of Tom Aspinall and Paddy Pimblett are also in action across the Atlantic.

Known as Meatball, Molly earned a four-fight deal from Dana White following her victory over Ariane Lipski back in June of 2019 – but has lost her past two bouts by decision after beating Diana Belbita.

While McCann knows that there is an element of pressure on her shoulders with her contract up after this weekend, she has been told to thrive on the support that will come from her homeland.

McCann told Daily Star Sport: "My coach Carl Evans was saying to me: 'When you look down that camera when Bruce Buffer is saying your name, understand that the whole of Britain and Ireland will be there screaming for you.'

"And since we've been here with everyone, it just feels like home. So that has taken the edge off a little bit, it's not as daunting being here."

There has been plenty of talk about bringing UFC back to the UK as restrictions have eased, and McCann is keen to play her part in convincing the promotion to do so.

She adds: "I'm the first or second British fighter on the card on Saturday so I'll be screaming to bring it back to Liverpool if it doesn't go to London."

McCann, who has an impressive professional record of 10 wins from 14 bouts, has shared her secret to thriving as an underdog, and quoted Michael Bisping who remains the sole British winner of a UFC title.

She said: "I didn't start MMA until the month before my 24th birthday, so that is late on. My passion, drive and resilience would have to overcome someone's knowledge.

"Everyone I fought had a higher knowledge of MMA or grappling than what I did, so I got used to being the underdog and it was just heart that would see me through some of the fights."

Adding: "It's okay to be an underdog if you don't put yourself down in doing so. Michael Bisping said today about me that 'pressure creates diamonds, doesn't it'."

While defeat would put a dent in McCann's plans to continue fighting on the biggest world stage, her confidence and unrelenting style put her in a good place to get back to winning ways.

The dream? That would be a victory in style against her South Korean foe, with eyes on a fresh UFC contract and bringing that winning feeling back to Liverpool with her team.

McCann hopes: "Molly wins, Molly gets a new four fight contract. Molly goes home happy with the team."

McCann will battle Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till. on Saturday, September 5 and you can watch it on BT Sport 2 from 18:30 BST.

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