Molly McCann to fight ranked opponent at iconic venue after 3 straight UFC wins

Molly McCann will fight a ranked opponent in her next bout after it was confirmed she will fight at Madison Square Garden following three straight wins.

The flyweight contender will face number 13 ranked Erin Blanchfield at UFC 281 on November 12 in New York City, the UFC confirmed on Thursday. McCann herself has now moved into the women's flyweight rankings after extending her winning streak to three against Hannah Goldy at the O2 Arena last month.

"Meatball" produced another stunning spinning back elbow before finishing Goldy with a flurry of punches having produced a knockout of the year contender back in March.

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The Scouser will now face a tough test as she continues her run at a title shot, with Blanchfield unbeaten in the UFC with three wins.

Blanchfield, who is 9-1 as a professional, is also on a six-six fight win streak dating back to her sole defeat against Tracy Cortez in 2019.

The jiu-jitsu black belt comes into her meeting with McCann off the back of a second round submission victory over JJ Aldrich in June.

UFC 281 will also represent the first time McCann has appeared at a UFC pay-per-view event since joining the promotion in 2018.

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Following her win over Goldy, McCann explained to Daily Star Sporthow she stays grounded despite her new-found fame, admitting: "I've got family and friends who don't accept any big time behaviour and I've just got another dog, another little Frenchie, on Monday.

"I know that I need to be accountable for myself and thought about how can I remain accountable for myself. You can have a lot of money and a lot of temptation."

Her scheduled bout against Blanchfield is the second fight announced for the UFC 281 card in three months time, with the card set to be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.

McCann's team-mate and fellow Liverpudlian Paddy Pimblett has yet to have his next fight confirmed and could join McCann on the card, with all three of his UFC appearances to date coming on card's she has also fought on.

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