Molly McCann no longer has to worry about 'financial security' ahead of UFC London

  • Tom Ward

Liverpool UFC fighter Molly McCann has always done it the hard way.

Her opponents have a combined record of 128-78-3 in total.

For context, McCann (11-4) has only had a handful of fights herself, but she is only a couple of wins away from a place in the top 15 of the flyweight division.

The 31-year-old Englishwoman snapped a two-fight skid with a unanimous decision win over Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Fight Night 191 in Las Vegas last September.

McCann faces the tough Brazilian Luana Carolina at the O2 Arena in London on March 19.

However, she insists she has already faced her toughest opponent yet.

“The hardest difficulty I’ve faced would be financial security,” McCann exclusively told GiveMeSport.

“I’ve probably fought some of the biggest fights of my life for money that some male pro boxers wouldn’t even wipe their a*** with to be honest with you. They wouldn’t even get out of bed for it.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Molly McCann of England punches Ji Yeon Kim of South Korea in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“That was always the hardest one. But I’ve finally got to that point in my career where I’m taken care of really well by the promotion I fight for and that isn’t the worry anymore. The worry is just not getting hit in the face now.”

McCann also had some words of advice for women who are keen to follow in her footsteps.

She added: “To any young females getting involved with MMA, it’s not always going to be an easy road, it’s going to be a long road, but it’s a journey worth having.

“The people that you meet and the experiences that you go through, you can’t buy them, like you have to train and build those relationships and they’re absolutely amazing.

“What’s worth having doesn’t come easy and growth doesn’t come from comfort zones. Just getting into the gym is the hardest part but once you’re there you’ll love every second of it.”

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McCann was speaking ahead of the release of a new documentary based on the last four years of her life.

BT Sport will tell the story of the Liverpudlian’s incredible journey on the big screen.

The film will document McCann’s rise from a challenging upbringing in Merseyside to becoming the first English woman to win in the UFC.

“I’m really excited to see four years of my life rolled into 60 minutes to be honest,” she continued.

“There’ll be moments I think the camera didn’t catch and it did and there’ll be moments I think it did catch and it didn’t and it’ll be a nice little reminder I was built for this.

“And I think when I feel down it’ll give me drops of inspiration to keep drawing from and take into the fight. I’m actually really looking forward to watching it while having to cut weight as I weigh in the next day.”

BT Sport will premiere ‘Meatball Molly’, the latest documentary from BT Sport Films, on BT Sport 2 on Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30pm and is available to watch via the BT Sport website and App thereafter.

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