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The lone women’s fight on the main card comes in the Flyweight division, as Molly McCann takes on Hannah Goldy. A winner of two straight, with the most recent victory coming via a spectacular spinning back elbow knockout, McCann comes into this fight eager to prove she’s a force to be reckon with. Seemingly closing in on being ranked, one would think, with a third straight victory, McCann may see a number next to her name come Monday. Meanwhile, Goldy comes into this fight off her first UFC victory. Having dropped two straight prior, Goldy found the third time to be the charm. Looking to play spoiler, Goldy heads into enemy territory with a huge opportunity to pick up the biggest win of her career.
Having won back-to-back bonuses, McCann looks to be a fighter with newfound confidence. Primarily a striker, the Brit is among the all-time leaders at 125 pounds in eighteen categories. The highest of McCann’s accolades stem from her 5.83 significant strikes landed per minute and exceptional striking defense of 64 percent. With wrestling abilities too, McCann has done an excellent job blending takedowns in with her striking. In fact, when landing a takedown, McCann is a perfect 5-0 inside the octagon. Hoping not to add on to that statistic is Goldy. An active striker, who is landing roughly 4.58 significant strikes per minute. Known for her ability to string together combinations, Goldy is not someone to take lightly on the feet. However, Goldy has shown holes in her takedown defense. One’s that need to be plugged if she wants to be the best.
This could be an exciting striking battle, but given McCann’s wrestling and Goldy’s leaky takedown defense, it’s to be expected that the Brit will get this fight to the ground at some point. With double the experience and five times the amount of UFC wins, this matchmaking is very favorable to McCann – who is 9-1 when fighting in the United Kingdom. With that said, I predict McCann to get the job done via decision.