A tough and determined “Meatball” Molly McCann made history on Saturday night (March 16, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 147: “Till vs. Masvidal,” becoming the first English woman to win a fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). If you thought that was Joanne Calderwood, she’s Scottish and that matters to folks actually living in the United Kingdom.
The victory was all the sweeter given how close it was from being snatched away. A broken orbital bone suffered in the third caused her eye to swell shut and turn into a full-on egg. Somehow the ringside physician let things continue for the final two minutes, and judges delivered a 29-28 decision win for McCann over her opponent, Priscila Cachoeira.
Here’s some pictures of the eye injury from fight night:
And now here’s how she looks the day after the fights:
Molly McCann made history last night becoming the first English woman to win in the UFC. Here is how @MeatballMolly’s eye looked last night and how it looks this morning. She sent me these photos. She suffered a broken orbital bone in the victory. pic.twitter.com/HinCKjdJPz— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 17, 2019
As for the reason she has been an absolute beam of sunshine since the win despite the gruesome injury, this post from her Instagram should explain.
”Paddy’s day 2012 vs Paddy’s day 2019,” she wrote. “Don’t give up on your dreams kids!”
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