British UFC fighter Molly McCann says she will “hold her head high” following her consentaneous choice defeat by Taila Santos on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi.
Brazilian Santos won the flyweight contest with scores of 30-2730-2730-27 from the 3 judges to secure her first UFC triumph.
McCann, 30, had wished to end up being the very first English lady to win through stoppage today has two UFC losses to her name.
” I’m devastated, however I’ll be back,” the Liverpool fighter informed BBC Sport.
” I simply battled the greatest challenger I have actually ever faced over 3 rounds. I’ve not felt that type of body strength in a female fighter before.
” But I’ll hold my head high. I was the very first to congratulate her backstage.”
McCann, who suffered the third defeat of her profession, entered into the contest on a three-fight winning streak, but had a hard time to cope with the rangy striking and smothering ground game of her 27- year-old competitor.
Wednesday’s occasion was the 2nd to occur on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, which has has actually been transformed into a closed-off fight zone able to stage 4 UFC events this month.
McCann’s defeat on the main card topped a mixed night for Britons. While team-mate Chris Fishgold and John Phillips both lost, Jack Coast, Lerone Murphy and Modestas Bukauskas celebrated breakout minutes in their professions.
Shore – once tipped as the ” hottest possibility out of the UK” by UFC president Dana White – extended his unbeaten record to 13 -0 with a second UFC victory and another rear naked choke, after he dominated American Aaron Phillips for the whole of their seven and a half minutes inside the Octagon.
Lithuania-born Bukauskas scored a mind-blowing however strange stoppage win when challenger Andreas Michailidis fell backwards through the cage door at the end of a series of elbow strikes on the buzzer in round one.
The Greek fighter’s fall, on his Octagon launching, offered the referee no alternative however to halt the action.
However, Murphy was the choice of the British pack with his scientific knockout of Brazilian Ricardo Ramos.
After a split draw against Russian Zubaira Tukhugov on his UFC debut in September, Murphy – who was shot two times in the face in his teenage years prior to finding martial arts – ducked wonderfully under a spinning elbow attack to land a wave of best hooks to force his ₤50,000 bonus offer cheque surface.
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