- Molly McCann has let the UFC know that she’s open to fighting Valentina Shevchenko if something happens to Taila Santos
- “Meatball” doesn’t want to call out anyone but is hoping to fight the best
Molly McCann is having the time of her life after UFC London and is now feeling more confident than ever. She is looking forward to get slated for bigger fights even if it would mean a title shot.
McCann is ready to pounce on UFC gold ‘Michael Bisping style’
After scoring a highlight-worthy spinning elbow KO win over Luana Carolina at UFC London, McCann feels that she has to follow it up with another stunning win. To do so, “Meatball” is not taking some time off and is staying ready to step in just in case flyweight title contender Taila Santos withdraws from the fight against the champ Valentina Shevchenko.
“I feel like I’m coming into my prime and I’m starting to get there,” McCann said on The MMA Hour. “The press have said a lot of stuff and the media have said a lot of stuff about me going for the belt, this, that, and the other, but I just know normally I would be drinking a lot more alcohol and eating a lot more s*** food, but not now. I will always be training, I won’t be taking time off.
“I’m really, really focused about coming for that belt and I’m not gonna be calling Shevchenko out, but if [Shevchenko’s scheduled opponent] Taila Santos gets an injury or anything like that in June, I’m over here.”
McCann stressed that there’s no reason to shy away from such golden opportunities just as how Michael Bisping answered the call to replace Chris Weidman and beat then-UFC middleweight king Luke Rockhold.
“I feel like anyone in the division should,” she pointed out. “If you wouldn’t jump at the opportunity then what are you doing? I would love to be like Michael Bisping.”
“Meatball” isn’t name-dropping anyone
Arguably, McCann has earned the right to call out big names for her next fight. However, the 31-year-old confessed that she doesn’t pick opponents but is just hoping to fight the best available fighter there is.
“I’d like to fight anyone,” McCann declared. “I feel like now people are gonna ask for me. I’m never one to ask for anyone because they’ll probably give me another Brazilian, to be honest, because they just love that. But in order to become the best, you have to beat the best, so our division is that good. I literally said post-fight I respect every single woman in the 125-pound division, and my performances are just getting better, so I’m not really scared. There’s not a style I’m apprehensive of.”
McCann might generate quite a buzz by pledging to become Schevchenko’s back-up opponent. However, it might be spark some controversy as well given Santos beat her in the past.