It was a night to remember for English fighter Molly McCann at UFC London.
The Nevada-based promotion headed to the west for its yearly stop in England, with the sold-out The 02 Arena playing host to the exciting UFC Fight Night 147.
Fighting in her second outing at the UFC was the country’s local hero, Molly McCann.
She tussled with Priscilla Cachoeira in the second bout of the preliminary card, with McCann ending the night writing a piece of history, but she had to do it in a very hard way.
“Meatball” needed to go the distance and sustained a gruesome injury before becoming the the first ever English female fighter to win a fight in the UFC.
Fans praised the featherweight mixed martial arts online for showing a big heart in front of her home fans in London.
👊 | Congratulations, @MeatballMolly!
— Everton (@Everton) March 16, 2019
Molly McCann fought an inspired bout in her home soil at UFC London, Saturday night.
The English featherweight, who was on her second appearance in the UFC, sustained what could be one of the most gruesome MMA injury this year.
Her left eye swelled up like a balloon in the third round after a brutal exchange with Priscilla Cachoeira in an all-out war.
Check out McCann’s injury below:
— Chovan (@thechovanone) March 16, 2019
But showing the heart of a warrior, the Liverpudlian fought through an eye injury then came out victorious after winning in the judges’ scorecards.
The ringside judges all scored 29-28 for McCann to become the first English woman to score a victory in the world’s most prestigious MMA outfit.
There was still no update on the extent of her eye injury but she was immediately taken to the hospital after her historic win.
McCann was in good spirits when she left the venue, ignoring the brutal damage she sustained.
Congratulations, Molly McCann for a well-deserved feat and get well soon!
UFC London Results:
170 lbs.: Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal 170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson
205 lbs.: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes 135 lbs.: Jose Quinonez vs. Nathaniel Wood
170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Claudio Silva — Silva def. Roberts by verbal submission (armbar) at 3:37 of Round Three
185 lbs.: Jack Marshman vs. John Phillips — Marshman def. Phillips by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
145 lbs.: Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi — Allen def. Rinaldi by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
155 lbs.: Marc Diakiese vs. Joseph Duffy — Diakiese def. Duffy by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
205 lbs.: Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Saparbeg Safarov — Safarov def. Negumeareanu by unanimous decision (29-26 x2, 29-27)
145 lbs.: Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige — Ige def. Henry by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:17 of Round One
125 lbs.: Priscila Cachoeira vs. Molly McCann — McCann def. Cachoeira by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
145 lbs.: Mike Grundy vs. Nad Narimani — Grundy def. Narimani by TKO (punches) at 4:42 of Round Two
(Featured Image Source: Twitter/Chovan)