Liverpool native McCann knows that a win sends her back into the top 15 and potentially within touching distance of a flyweight title shot, but a loss could spell the end of her UFC career
UFC star Molly McCann has promised fans a war in her upcoming Las Vegas showdown with Ji Yeon Kim.
The Liverpool native fights on the undercard of fellow Scouser Darren Till’s bout with Derek Brunson on Saturday night.
She will be joined by debutant Paddy Pimblett from her hometown on an event originally due to take place in London before being moved to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas due to coronavirus regulations.
And speaking with Mirror Fighting , McCann said that she isn’t feeling the pressure of a potential UFC release with a loss.
Instead, she’s choosing to view this fight as sending her back into the top 15 at flyweight, and within touching distance of a title shot with a win.
“Only because of my previous history, I could pop back into the top 15, or top 10, with a win,” McCann explained.
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“The division is that close that I don’t feel that pressure on me to think ‘s***, I need to perform or else I’m done’, because I know I’ll never be done.
“But I need the performance of my life to put me back to where I need to be and she is exactly the right person for it – she’s game, I’m game.”
McCann lost her last two outings to Talia Santos and Lara Procopio, and admits that she has seen fighters not be given another chance in the promotion after back-to-back defeats.
But she believes that her fighting style makes her an important figure in the division, and one that bosses want to keep around for the big events.
“I think the UFC knows that I haven’t really lost a fight, other than to Gillian Robertson in my debut, to someone who’s technically better than me, it’s only been strength,” McCann continued.
“I think that some people have been cut for less [than losing two fights in a row], but the UFC know that they’re always going to get a war with me.
“I’m someone who leaves everything they have in that cage.”
The former Cage Warriors champion believes that Kim won’t be able to maintain her offensive output against a fighter with sleek movement, and that she is a perfect opponent for this stage of her career.
“I don’t think other fighters move how I move,” McCann continued. “She’s been able to be offensive with people who’ve got static feet.
“But you look at someone like Alexa Grasso, who is a little bit like me and she struggled a bit.
“I feel like this is a fight that I’ve needed because she’s going to come for me, this isn’t going to be a chess match where I’m holding someone up against the cage.
“We’re both going to stand and I believe that she’s not going to take a step back, she gets hit and just absorbs it and keeps coming forward, I do the same, but I probably get a bit more mouthy and have some character.
“She’s an absolute animal, and she’s fought the best that there is.”
Watch Molly McCann at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. TILL.Main card live from 9:00pm on BT Sport, with the early prelims live exclusively on Fight Pass from 6:00pm on Saturday, September 4.