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By Simon Head
England’s’Meatball’ Molly McCann made performance to claim a landslide choice win over Romania’s Diana Belbita in UFC Fight Night in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 29-year-old in Liverpool finished a hat-trick of consecutive wins in 2019.
She mixed up her striking to claim scores of 30-26 at the TD Garden on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
UFC debutant Belbita seemed to start the greater of both, and led into the contest riding a four-fight win streak and quickly settled into her striking rhythm, but by the end of the opening around McCann was well at the top.
A significant takedown at the conclusion of this first round gave a glimpse of things to emerge from the second since McCann switched her assault from striking wrestling and mastered the Romanian, whose desperation to stop another big takedown saw her settled a stage for repeated fence grabs.
When the action resumed McCann took Belbita to the mat and also unloaded a barrage of ground strikes which came close to earning the Liverpudlian a second-round finish.
I felt as though I had been going to be ill
To her credit, Belbita survived the round, but had left to sacrifice at the frame since McCann dominated with her boxing to procure all three rounds around the scorecards to claim the triumph of her mixed martial arts profession.
McCann’s very first octagon look saw her shed out into Canadian grappler Gillian Robertson in her hometown at UFC Liverpool at May 2018, but the former Cage Warriors women’s flyweight champion bounced back to claim stern decision strikes over Priscila Cachoeira and former KSW champion Ariane Lipski in March and June respectively.
And McCann’s success in Boston completed a hat-trick of wins in the octagon as her record improved and showed her continual improvement as she looks to climb the ladder in the UFC women’s flyweight division.
Despite her impressive functionality, McCann demonstrated after the battle that she was feeling ill during the competition, stating:”I felt like I had been going to become ill.
“I’ll be glad when I look back, but I’m devastated right now.
“I wish to get back in there and do the next 3 rounds to fix it. I will jump all over it, if they give me a second chance before the close of the year.
“At least on my worst dayI still produced a performance that got me a triumph.”
In the night’s key card opener, English middleweight Darren’The Dentist’ Stewart showcased his improved gas tank since he endured several takedowns from previous US national team wrestler Deron Winn before utilizing his striking to earn the victory via split decision and hands the American his first career loss.
28, Stewart , repeatedly battled his way back to his feet before scoring with strikes at the stand-up, although winn held the advantage in the wrestling part of the contest.
Since the bout went beyond the half-way stage, Stewart’s cardio began to tilt the contest as started to evade Winn’s takedowns and punish both the American with boxing. It gave the edge in the last reckoning because he took the win to secure the 11th win of his career along with his fourth success in his past five outings from the UFC to the Brit.
Following his success, Stewart said he would enjoy nothing more than once the UFC returns to London early next calendar year to make his second appearance.
“I’d love to fight at London again,” he said.
“Allow me to fight in my hometown, give me a opportunity to show how much I have improved since the previous time and put on a show for my lovers.”