England’s Molly McCann landed a stunning spinning elbow to knock her opponent unconscious in London
Molly McCann © Chris Unger / Zuffa LLC
Liverpool’s ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann “became a star tonight” according to UFC boss Dana White after she landed a sensational third-round spinning elbow knockout of her Brazilian foe Luana Carolina as the fight promotion returned to London for the first time in three years on Saturday night.
McCann, England’s most successful UFC fighter in history, dominated the first two rounds at the O2 Arena as she aggressively pushed forward against an initially gun-shy Carolina, landing several combinations as she pushed the lengthy Brazilian back on her heels.
Down on the scorecards entering the third, Carolina appeared to loosen up a little and began finding a measure of success with a series of kicks as McCann’s aggressive opening appeared to have drained her gas tank – but just as it appeared that a momentum shift was possible, McCann launched a stunning spinning elbow shot which connected flush on Carolina’s jaw, sending her cascading to the canvas where she remained out cold for an extended period before soon being revived by cage-side medics.
Afterwards, the Merseysider excitedly exited the cage and raced towards White to embrace him. White later confirmed that Carolina had been taken to hospital for medical checks after the gruesome KO.
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Molly McCann puts Carolina to SLEEP with a spinning elbow!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/qyuv0KkWq5
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With that, McCann became just the fourth fighter in the history of the UFC to successfully land a fight-ending spinning elbow – and the UFC awarded her a $50,000 performance bonus for her handiwork.
“She’s a long b*stard so I thought, ‘how do I get her?’” McCann told commentator and former UFC champ Michael Bisping afterwards.
“She went to sleep. My resting heart rate is 38 I can go all day. I’m so happy we have put it all together.
MOM, GET THE MEATBALLS!!!!!!!!! @MeatballMolly#UFCLondon
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 19, 2022
OH MY GOD !!!! @MeatballMolly give her all the bonuses #UFCLondon
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) March 19, 2022
That girl got Meatballed 😳#UFCLondon
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) March 19, 2022
“I got made the main card for a reason. Thank you very much for having the faith in me. Who is getting me a bevvie, then?”
She added in a separate interview with BT Sport: “I just believed, believed, believed.”
Unsurprisingly, McCann’s sensational knockout soon went viral on social media, with several of her UFC peers reacting to the finish.