McCann is an enormous soccer fan, however informed reporters forward of UFC 281 that she “is not feeling” the match amid controversy over its host nation this yr
Molly McCann on UFC 281 struggle vs Erin Blanchfield
UFC star Molly McCann will boycott England’s World Cup marketing campaign amid considerations over host nation Qatar’s human rights document.
The flyweight fighter takes on Erin Blanchfield at Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening on the prelims of UFC 281, and is laser-focused on her first pay-per-view outing. However requested by reporters on the pre-fight media day if “soccer’s coming residence”, she vowed to not watch the match as a result of having points with the place it’s being held.
McCann performed soccer in her teenagers earlier than taking up preventing full time, first in boxing after which MMA the place she is now the No.15-ranked flyweight on the planet. She’s an Everton fan who frequents Goodison Park, however she has made it clear that she will not be watching the Three Lions this yr as they give the impression of being to construct on their Euros success.
“I am not bothered about that,” she responded when a reporter requested her about England’s probabilities. “I am not feeling the Qatar vibes and all of the human rights that have not gone down there. I will not even be watching it.”
McCann is an overtly homosexual girl, popping out six years in the past. Nevertheless, below Article 296 of the present Penal Code in Qatar, homosexuality is outlawed. The FA have insisted that the legal guidelines shall be suspended earlier than the match, however there are nonetheless lingering considerations in regards to the nation’s therapy of members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
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The Scouse fighter hasn’t had a lot time to consider soccer as she prepares to tackle Blanchfield, who’s a significant step-up after a three-fight win streak with two vicious finishes in her final couple of fights. She’s given up social media amid an intensive coaching camp the place she has been working with Paddy Pimblett in addition to prime ladies’s fighters together with Leah McCourt and Shauna Bannon.
“I really feel like a child at Christmas,” she mentioned of the struggle. “I am simply that excited to get in and expertise the venue, the world, the followers, the Irish, the English, even the People. I am right here for all of it. I’ve acquired lots of people coming and I do know lots of people right here as nicely who’re going to come back. We will deliver a European vibe to MSG.”