Fighter Profile: Taila Santos

Taila Santos came the closest anyone has ever come to taking Valentina Shevchenko’s belt in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division. The Brazilian who has a background in Muay Thai lands 51 percent of her strikes with ten of her wins coming by way of Knockout, but she has also Submissions in her arsenal of weapons with three of her wins coming by way of Submission she holds a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu but her striking is where she really shines.

Santos was born June 22, 1993 in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil she stands at 5’6 and has fought at both Bantamweight and Flyweight in her 21 fight career. She started training in martial arts at the age of 16 when she started training Muay Thai. She would soon be entered in a championship at Chute Boxe one of the most popular gyms in the country, she win this contest. It was then that she’d start taking Jiu Jitsu and would soon take the venture into MMA with the aid of her father. She would fight one non pro fight but would lose this contest.

Santos would make her professional debut in November of 2013 when she faced off against Josiane Nunes de Lima for the Striker’s House Cup Promotion winning the fight by decision. She’d then face off against Kessiny Mara winning the fight by TKO (punches.) In Santos’ next fight she’d face off against Geisyele Nascimento she’d win the fight by KO (head kick.) She’d win her next ten fights before fighting Laisa Coimbra for the vacant Aspera FC Bantamweight Championship she’d win this fight and the title before fighting on Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil 2 winning the bout by Unanimous Decision.

Santos first trip into the UFC Octagon would be in Febuary of 2019 when she faced off against Mara Romero Borella she’d lose the fight by Split Decision. She’d then face Meatball Molly winning the bout by Unanimous Decision. She’d then face UFC submission ace Gillian Robertson winning by Unanimous Decision. MMA legend Roxanne Modafferi would be up next and Santos would again rise to this Occasion and would beat the “Happy Warrior.” She’d then face Joanne Wood where she would get her first UFC finish with a victory by Rear-Naked Choke. She’d then face Women’s Flyweight G.O.A.T. Valentina Schevchenko losing the bout by Split Decision, in the hardest contest she’s faced at 125.

Santos has a promising future in the UFC, I’d definitely love to see her run it back with Schevchenko in the future. 

Fighter Profile: ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann

The UFC made a big step in the right direction when they booked UFC London with a packed card in front of the U.K’s devoted MMA fan base. One of the best performances of the night was a Spinning Back Elbow Knockout by Liverpool’s ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann who put on an inspiring performance along with many of her countrymen including training partner Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett . McCann would also get the attention of fans in a hilarious move when she pranced around the UFC Octagon after her Victory with a fake UFC Belt.

McCann was born May 4th 1990 in LIverpool, England. Her father was out of the picture and her mother had substance abuse problems which made McCann end up being raised by her aunt. McCann would start martial arts at a young age first Karate, Kickboxing, and Thai boxing and eventually Boxing at age 12 she’d start training MMA around the age of 23. She also played soccer all through school and she used her athletic prowess to good use in college when she attended Liverpool John Moores University where she earned a degree in sports development and physical education.

McCann made her MMA debut  when she took on Samantha Taylor in an armature bout for the Shock and awe promotion. She’d win her next two armature bouts before making her professional bout in May 2015. In her professional debut she’d face Katy Horlick winning by TKO (Punches.) McCann would then face Vanessa Melo she’d lose the bout via unanimous decision, this would mark the first loss of her professional or armature career. She’d then face Valérie Domergue winning by Split Decision in April of 2016. Macicilia Benkhettache would be next for Meatball Molly and she’d get the win via TKO (Punches.) She’d win her next three bouts before fighting Bryony Tyrell For the Cage Warriors Flyweight title she’d win the bout and thus the title via TKO (Punches.)

After McCann would win the Cage Warriors Flyweight title she’d get the call to fight in the UFC. Her first opponent was submission expert Gillian Roberston who beat McCann via  Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) Priscila Cachoeira would be next for McCann who’d get the Unanimous Decision victory and her first win in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. She’d then face Ariane Lipski winning on all the judges’ score cards, moving her record to 9-2. She’d then face Diana Belbiţă winning again by Unanimous Decision. She’d then drop two fights in a row to Taila Santos and Lara Procópio. She’d get in the win column her next outing when she’d face Ji Yeon Kim. In her last outing she’d face Luana Carolina with a KO (Spinning Back Elbow.)

Molly McCann put on a great performance at UFC London. We can’t wait to see who she fights next.