Molly McCann’s return to the 02 Arena in London that proved so successful for her last year didn’t go according to plan on Saturday night as she suffered a swift submission loss to Julija Stoliarenko, and now she’s revealed that she’ll be dropping down to strawweight for her next fight.
“Now that the dusts settled I’d like to thank the UFC staff and all at TNT Sports for the opportunity to co-main at The 02 in front of the best fans in the world,” McCann wrote on Instagram.
“If you could only imagine the sacrifices and work that went into the build up and that fight camp. I can’t quite put into words. However I will try to [sum] it up.
“I have always had the toughest road and journey in life, that’s just the Molly McCann way, and I’m okay with that. The highs are the highest and the lows, well I don’t think I have words that do the pain and hurt justice. But dare to dream ay!
“If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to always overcome adversity and this is no different. Twenty months ago I was sitting in this same position, 2 back to back losses and ready to pack it in. Then a boss run and my world changed forever.
“We have one more adjustment to make and I believe that will make all the difference in the world, the smallest in the division makes it tough when the opponents are so much bigger. So for me it’s time to drop down and face the girls who are the same size!
“To all the keyboard warriors who’ll give me down the banks and want to tell me about my self go ahead, I’m living my dream EVERY SINGLE DAY, I’m winning in life, the best teams around me, the best promotion in the world. This game has give me everything, and I am beyond blessed.
“I’ll be back sooner rather than later, thank you to everyone for their support. In the words of Maya Angelou ‘You may shoot me with your words,You may cut me with your eyes,You may kill me with your hatefulness,But still, like air, I’ll rise.’”
A former Cage Warriors champion, McCann has gone 6-5 during her time in the UFC so far, and along with her teammate and fellow Liverpudlian Paddy Pimblett has become a fan favorite in the UK.