Molly McCann thought she was ‘done’ after brutal defeat before UFC London return

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    Molly McCann's highly-anticipated UFC return in London will give her the chance to reignite her career following a brutal end to her winning streak.

    The 33-year-old won three consecutive bouts to catapult her to UFC stardom before coming up against the surging Erin Blanchfield – who executed her gameplan to perfection in New York.

    Speaking ahead of her return to London against Julija Stoliarenko on July 22, McCann explained how she changed her mindset to give her a newfound passion for success.

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    McCann said when asked by Daily Star Sport how she responded to the defeat: "I thought I was done. I was that wounded.

    "I had eight weeks out and my shoulder was dislocated and f***ed but I gave four months of my life for that and it didn't even get to three minutes.

    "I was f***ing raging. I just didn't know if I could give that much, I gave it more than I had ever given. I invested so heavily in training partners, recovery, preparation and everything went right in the camp.

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    "I've had other camps where I'm held together by string and I get these unreal finishes, it took me until February to decide I wanted to fight again.

    "I had to grieve. It's not about being a big baby but I give my life to this. Every interview, every training session, every interaction with fans. I give everything.

    "When you don't get the result you want it burns. Daniel Cormier, not that I'm liking myself to his accomplishments, he said when he lost to Jon Jones he had to let it burn and feel it. Mine was the same.

    "I had to be okay to being Molly McCann and not the Meatball."

    McCann brought a calm presence to the room with her new outlook on fighting and life in general, but will bring the noise on the UFC's UK return.

    The 33-year-old (13-5) returns to fight Stoliarenko on July 22 at London's O2 Arena, for the second UK card of the year after Leon Edwards' title defence at UFC 286.

    No. 5 ranked heavyweight Tom Aspinall will headline the event against No. 10 ranked Marcin Tybura, with tickets on sale from 10:00AM on Friday, May 26 via AXS and Ticketmaster.


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