McCann (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Santos (15-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a women’s flyweight matchup, is in the works for the UFC’s upcoming event on July 15. The event is one of four the UFC is holding in 15 days on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – also known as “Fight Island.”
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie after an initial report by MMA reporter Jim Edwards. The person asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
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Both fighters were scheduled to compete prior to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak but faced bout cancellations as a result. McCann was booked against Ashlee Evans-Smith for March 21 in London. Santos was expected to fight Gillian Robertson on June 20 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
McCann has won three straight fights since losing her UFC debut. In her most recent outing at UFC on ESPN 6 in October, she defeated Diana Belbita.
Santos, a Dana White’s Contender Series signee, lost her lone UFC opportunity to date. In her promotional debut in February 2019, Santos was defeated by Mara Romero Borella via split decision.
With the addition, the current July 15 lineup includes:
- Carla Esparza vs. Marina Rodriguez
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Mounir Lazzez
- Aleksander Doskalchuk vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Vincius Moreira
- Molly McCann vs. Taila Santos
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