Both emerging triumphantly at UFC Vegas 36 last weekend as part of a hugely Liverpudlian influenced card, Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann envisions a future lightweight title shot for the fan-favorite, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett in a hometown homecoming at Anfield, Liverpool.
Featuring in the featured preliminary bout at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada — McCann emerged with a unanimous decision victory over Ji Yeon Kim — lodging her fourth Octagon victory.
Matching with Luigi Vendramini in his promotional bow, Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight titleholder managed to survive an early scare in the opening round on the feet — before rallying to stop the Brazilian with an impressive late first round knockout at the fence.
Remaining coy after the bout, Pimblett refused to call out an opponent for his next Octagon walk, and explained to former UFC middleweight champion and compatriot, Michael Bisping, that he had envisioned a first round finish over Vendramini during the course of fight week.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour off the back of her victory over Kim, McCann explained that she warned Pimblett that he can’t act how he did after clinching the featherweight title under the Cage Warriors banner, and believes that he could earn a UFC title shot, making the promotion return to Liverpool, as well as feature at Anfield.
“I said to him (Paddy Pimblett), I said, you can’t go like what you was the first time when you won the world title [in Cage Warriors],” McCann said. “But, look, he’s got his house, he’s got his fianceé, he’s got his dog, our Laura won’t be letting him get above his station, don’t you worry about that.“
“We just want him to bring the UFC back to Liverpool, so that’s the goal,” McCann explained. “And then, I’m telling you, he’ll probably get that world title shot one day at Anfield.
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