Molly and Paddy to return on home soil

Two of IFM’s biggest up-and-coming stars are set for action at Cage Warriors 90 on February 24th.

Women’s flyweight star Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann has the chance to become the female face of European MMA as the first ever Cage Warriors Women’s Flyweight Champion, while her teammate, local hero and fan favourite Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett will join her at the Echo Arena for the promotion’s fifth outing to Liverpool.

The road to title contention hasn’t been easy for McCann (6-1). She’s fought three times under the Cage Warriors name, and each time has faced a tougher, more legitimate opponent who has taken her to the limit and forced her to prove she’s worthy of a place at the top of the roster.

Her last fight was a back-and-forth war that ultimately saw McCann’s hand raised to a roar of approval from the home crowd. She called for a championship fight, and Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan listened.

“We think it’s time that Molly gets what she deserves”, says Boylan.

“She’s proven time and time again that she’s here to become one of the best Women’s Flyweight’s in the world, and we’ll find out at CW90 whether she’s got what it takes to break into the highest ranks.”

Molly’s opponent is yet to be confirmed, but in true Cage Warriors fashion this will be a fight that will test her limits more than ever. She’s a difficult fighter to match – with her previous opponents having to be flown in from America and Brazil – due to her ferocious fight style. With a win at CW90, McCann will place herself at the forefront of the attention of fight fans and world promotions alike. It’s undoubtedly the biggest fight of her career.

“For me, CW90 has been 16 years in the making,” says McCann.

“It’s an accumulation of the time and effort of a lot of coaches and training partners, as well as me knocking on doors and not giving up. On February 24th, I get to make my city, family and team proud, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do! I am the new fighting pride of Liverpool!”

Fan favourite and ex-Cage Warriors World Champion Pimblett (13-2), one of the most exciting fighters on the European circuit, also returns to fight in his home city on the night. Anyone who attended CW78 will struggle to forget his incredible knockout victory over Johnny Frachey that won him the title, and we’re expecting similar scenes at CW90. He’ll no doubt be welcomed back to the Echo Arena with the support of Liverpool behind him.

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