In a highly anticipated rematch, “Meatball” Molly McCann made a triumphant strawweight debut against Diana Belbita at UFC Vegas 85, securing a spectacular first-round submission victory.
Both fighters entered the octagon seeking redemption after recent losses, with McCann facing defeats against Julija Stoliarenko and Erin Blanchfield.
From the opening moments, McCann displayed her trademark power, landing a meatball-like right hand that resonated heavily. Despite absorbing the shot, Belbita maintained her composure. McCann, showcasing her strength, surprised onlookers with a quick double-leg takedown two minutes into the bout, promptly getting back on her feet to deliver a spinning back kick.
Engaging in a clinch against the cage, McCann utilized her signature move, a spinning back elbow, while Belbita pressed forward with body shots and leg kicks. The action intensified in the final minute, with Belbita connecting with a punch, only to find herself on the mat with McCann in mount position.
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In a last-ditch effort to survive the round, Belbita attempted to escape, but McCann seized the opportunity, locking in an arm-bar just before the buzzer, forcing the tap.
After the impressive victory, McCann expressed her determination, stating, “You don’t change the goal, you change the plan.” Despite initially aiming for the championship at 125lbs, McCann’s goal remains unwavering, now in her new strawweight division.
Official Result: Molly McCann secures victory over Diana Belbita via submission (arm-bar) in Round 1 at 4:59, marking a successful debut in the strawweight division.