Fight Night 224 will take place on Saturday July 22 at London, England’s O2 Arena and one of its more intriguing fights is between Molly McCann and Julija Stoliarenko in women’s flyweight co-main event. McCann, from England, has had success fighting in UFC thus far; winning her last two fights in England and earning Performance of the Night bonuses on both occasions; however she fell short against surging flyweight Erin Blanchfield by first round submission (kimura) in her last fight.
McCann wasn’t taken by surprise, having previously won consecutive fights via spinning back fist knockout and showing signs of being ready for the step up to higher weight class. While her loss may sting more deeply given that the Scouser had been looking great prior to it, her home fans should rally behind her this weekend and hopefully return her to victory with ease.
McCann is an impressive striker who has consistently delivered significant strikes throughout her fights and is always a threat of taking anyone down at any time. Her danger in the clinch lies in her efforts to trip and pull down opponents onto her back while landing 7 of her 13 significant strikes targeting head shots during one recent fight.
Stoliarenko has earned nine of her 12 professional victories through submission, with her sole win coming via first-round armbar in the UFC. Additionally, she’s an effective kickboxer; however, her shaky defensive game makes it difficult for her to reach the mat when facing McCann or other fighters with strong offensive games.
Stoliarenko will make her divisional debut and could find competing at 125 pounds a challenge. Never having competed at this lower weight class before, Stoliarenko had her previous fight halted after fainting during weigh-in for her bantamweight match with Julia Avila in March 2021. Nutritionist Tyler Melee Milton later disclosed that Stoliarenko suffered from vasovagal syncope which caused her blood pressure to decrease significantly and consequently cut off some oxygen to her brain.
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Molly McCann vs Julija Stoliarenko Fight Information
- Date: 07/22/2023
- Time: 12:00 PM ET
- Location: The O2 Arena.
- How to Watch McCann vs Stoliarenko : ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com