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EnglandsMeatball Molly McCann created dominant performance to maintain a landslide decision win over Romanias Diana Belbita at UFC Fight Night in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 29-year-old from Liverpool completed a hat-trick of wins in 2019.
She mixed up an floor game and her striking to maintain scores of 30-26 on each of the judges scorecards.
UFC debutant Belbita led into the contest riding a four-fight win streak, and seemed to start the greater of both and immediately settled into her striking rhythm, but by the conclusion of the opening around McCann was well on top.
A big takedown at the conclusion of the initial round gave a glimpse of things to come in the second as McCann switched her assault from striking wrestling and dominated the Romanian, whose despair to avoid another huge takedown watched her deducted a point for perennial fencing grabs.
When the action resumed McCann took Belbita into the mat, mounted her opponent and and unloaded a barrage of ground strikes that came close to making a finish to the Liverpudlian.
I felt as though I was going to be sick
To her Belbita endured the round, but had little left to provide at the third and final framework as McCann dominated with her boxing to secure all three rounds on the scorecards to claim the 10th triumph of her mixed martial arts career.
McCanns very first octagon appearance saw her lose out to Canadian grappler Gillian Robertson in her hometown at UFC Liverpool in May 2018, however the former Cage Warriors womens flyweight champion bounced back superbly to claim unanimous decision strikes over Priscila Cachoeira and former KSW champion Ariane Lipski at March and June respectively.
And McCanns victory in Boston finished a hat-trick of consecutive wins inside the octagon since the Evertonian showed her continuing improvement because she looks to climb the ladder at the flyweight division of the UFC women and improved her record.
Despite her remarkable functionality, McCann demonstrated after the fight that she was feeling ill during the contest, stating:I felt like I had been going to be sick.
Ill be happy when I return, but Im devastated right now.
I need to get back there and do the next 3 rounds to repair it. Ill jump all over it, if they give me another chance before the close of the calendar year.
At least on my worst dayI produced a performance that got me a win.
In the nights primary card opener, English middleweight DarrenThe Dentist Stewart showcased his improved gas tank since he endured multiple takedowns from former US national team wrestler Deron Winn before using his striking to make the achievement via split decision and hands the American his first career loss.
28, Stewart battled his way back to his own feet, although winn maintained the advantage in the wrestling aspect of the competition.
As the bout went beyond the halfway stage, as started to evade the takedowns of Winn and punish both the American Stewarts aerobic started to tilt the competition. It gave the edge in the reckoning since he took the win on the scorecards with scores of 28-29, 29-28, 29-28 to fasten the win of his career and his fourth victory in his past five outings from the UFC to the Brit.
After his success, Stewart said hed love nothing more than to create his appearance once the UFC returns to London early next calendar year.
I would like to fight at London again, he explained.
Allow me to fight in my hometown, give me a chance to show how much Ive improved since the last time and set on a show for my lovers.
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