Molly McCann overcame a nasty eye injury to become the UFC's first female English winner

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LONDON – Molly McCann (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was pushed to the limit but ultimately became the first English woman to pick up a UFC win, taking a hard-fought decision over Priscila Cachoeira (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

The women’s flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on ESPN+ 5 event at The O2 in London. It streamed on ESPN+.

McCann moved forward quickly to start and teased an early takedown, but Cachoeira was ready for the rush and stood firm in the pocket, firing heavy punches. McCann was happy to wing back in a firefight, but Cachoeira was definitely getting the best of the exchanges. McCann did her best to stay mobile, and she eventually shot forward for a takedown, though Cachoeira immediately swept to the top. Undaunted, McCann switched to an armbar, seemingly torquing the limb but not getting the tap. After rolling to the top, McCann eventually had to bail on the hold but finished the frame in mount.

McCann was aggressive to start the second, though Cachoeira again was able to counter with heavy shots. McCann was happy to trade, leading to some entertaining exchanges, with both women showing the wear of the strikes. McCann used impressive head movement to push her way into the pocket, but she took her share of damage, as well. Cachoeira seemed to tire a bit as the round progressed, but she still threw everything at full speed. The two women embraced at the close of an entertaining frame.

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