Molly McCann details 'heartbreak' of UFC 281 loss to Erin Blanchfield

Molly McCann details ‘heartbreak’ after suffering first-round loss to Erin Blanchfield in ‘dream’ clash at UFC 281… but the British flyweight star insists ‘it’s going to take more than a loss to define me’

  • Molly McCann has detailed the ‘heartbreak’ from her loss to Erin Blanchfield 
  • The Liverpudlian fan favourite suffered a first-round submission loss at UFC 281
  • But the flyweight fighter insisted that the defeat will not ‘define’ her career

Molly McCann has vowed to return stronger after suffering a first-round loss against Erin Blanchfield at UFC 281.

The flyweight star faced her toughest test to date inside the Octagon when she took on American prospect Erin Blanchfield at UFC 281.

Prior to the fight, ‘Meatball’ explained the personal significance that fighting at the famous Madison Square Garden arena had to her, with a win potentially putting her in title contention at 125lbs.

Molly McCann reflected on her first-round submission loss to Erin Blanchfield at UFC 281

However, McCann would ultimately be unable to showcase the crowd-pleasing offensive style that she has become so revered for, as Blanchfield utilised her superior grappling abilities to repeatedly trap her opponent in the crucifix position before securing the win with a first-round kimura.

Speaking following the loss, the Liverpudlian striker told BT Sport ‘To say I’m anything other than heartbroken would be a lie.’

‘But me being in this position before I know how to handle myself. It’s just rubbish that at this level it’s just one little that just changes it. It’s also the most amazing thing about MMA. I won’t be too downbeat, I’ll get back up and I’ll get on. 

‘I feel like with each win I’ve learned to become more professional and with each loss, I’ll take on the chin and do the same. It’s just rough that everyone’s come to watch me and spent so much money, it’s just frustrating.’

McCann was forced to tap to a Kimura, marking the end of her three-fight winning streak

The Liverpudlian fan favourite vowed to return stronger despite the defeat

Despite the defeat, McCann remained resolute that she will return to the Octagon.

‘Look, it’s going to take more than a loss to define me, it isn’t like I haven’t had before. I’ll be coming back again. Yeah, I suppose when I’m dishing them out I’ve got to receive them one time,’ 

Victory at UFC 281 would’ve capped off a sensational year for the  32-year-old McCann, after she picked up back-to-back stoppage wins in front of a home crowd in the UFC’s two forays to the UK earlier this year.

McCann will look to reclaim her place in the UFC flyweight rankings in 2023, with a spot on the card headlined by the trilogy bout between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards in the UK offering a perfect opportunity for her return.




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