UFC ‘Fight Island’: Molly McCann beaten by Taila Santos; wins for Britons Jack Shore and Lerone Murphy

UFC 'Fight Island': Molly McCann beaten by Taila Santos; wins for Britons Jack Shore and Lerone Murphy 1
Molly McCann gets an elbow from Talia Santos during their flyweight fight

Liverpool flyweight Molly McCann was outpointed by Brazil’s Taila Santos on the main card at UFC’s ‘Fight Island’, but there were victories for Britain’s Jack Shore and Lerone Murphy.

McCann, who was on a three-fight winning streak, opened up a cut above her opponent’s left eye but Santos’ superior work-rate led to her winning all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

It was just a third defeat for McCann in 13 mixed martial contests, while Santos’ record now reads 16 wins and one defeat, including 10 by knockout.

It was just a third defeat for McCann in 13 mixed martial contests, while Santos’ record now reads 16 wins and one defeat, including 10 by knockout.

McCann cut her Santos above the left eye
McCann cut her Santos above the left eye

Shore, who UFC president Dana White last year described as the “hottest prospect” in the UK, maintained his perfect professional mixed martial arts record by submitting Aaron Phillips in their bantamweight contest.

The Welshman locked in a rear-naked choke midway through the second round, leading to his 13th successive win and second in the UFC after defeating Nohelin Hernandez in identical fashion in his debut with the company last year.

Jack Shore knees Aaron Phillips in their bantamweight fight  on UFC's 'Fight Island'
Image:Jack Shore knees Aaron Phillips in their bantamweight fight on UFC’s ‘Fight Island’

“It feels very good, the fans of this sport want to see finishes, they don’t want to see drawn out decisions and I’m not the type of guy that wants to be in three rounds wars,” he said.

“To come away with another finish, that’s 12 out of 13 fights now, I’m a happy man.”

Murphy claimed his first win in the UFC after stopping Brazil’s Ricardo Ramos towards the end of their featherweight clash, the Londoner raining down a series of unanswered right hands to force the referee’s intervention.

England's Lerone Murphy stopped Brazil's Ricardo Ramos in their featherweight clash
Image:England’s Lerone Murphy stopped Brazil’s Ricardo Ramos in their featherweight clash

Murphy, now 9-0-1 in MMA, said: “I wanted to prove that I belong here in the UFC. I plan to spend the rest of my career in the UFC, climb to the top, get into that top 15 and obviously one day be champion.

“I’m just going to go back, heal up for a month and then get back to training and grow and grow.”

It was a night of mixed fortunes for British fighters, though, as Chris Fishgold and Wales’ John Phillips both suffered defeats.

Fishgold dropped a unanimous decision to American opponent Jared Gordon, a fight that was held at a 149lb catch-weight after the British fighter failed to make weight.

Phillips was submitted by Swedish middleweight Khamzat Chimaev in the second round, but British-based Lithuanian light-heavyweight Modestas Bukauskas overcame Andreas Michailidis, with the referee ruling the Greek was in no position to continue after the hooter sounded to end the first round after being on the end of a series of elbows.

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