Molly McCann Warns Paddy Pimblett To Keep His Ego In Check, Believes He Can Score Anfield Title Shot

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.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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