UFC 281’s Molly McCann reveals Conor McGregor’s ‘poetic’ tips for becoming famous

Molly McCann’s newfound popularity among mixed martial arts (MMA) fans led her to seek advice from none other than Conor McGregor. As the biggest star in MMA history, “Notorious” has a unique take on the sport and how to handle the pressure of fame.

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DOUBLE DIP CHAMPIONSHIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to “The Fight Mecca”, Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on Saturday, November 12, 2022, with two highly anticipated championship showdowns. In the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 281, the middleweight champion, Israel Adesanyawill look to settle the score with the former kickboxing nemesis and contender for the No. 5 seed, Alex Pereira. In the PPV co-main event aired by ESPN+, the Women’s Strawweight Champion, Carla Esparzaintends to defend her newly won title for the first time against the former champion and No. 2 ranked contender, Zhang Weill.

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While McCann falls far short of McGregor in terms of overall popularity, the England fighter has taken off recently. In tandem with teammate Paddy Pimblett, McCann had two memorable finishes earlier this year at the promotion’s events in London. Her performances not only captured the attention of MMA fans of all shapes and sizes, but it led her to a matchup with scorching contender Erin Blanchfield tomorrow night (Saturday November 12, 2022) at UFC 281 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

McCann told reporters during the UFC 281 pre-fight presser earlier this week that she recently reached out to McGregor and asked for his opinion on his newfound notoriety. McGregor was happy to lend a hand and give “Meatball” some words of wisdom.

“I messaged him, ‘How are you handling this? Because you can explode, and then you can explode. I couldn’t understand how people are with you sometimes.

“And so it was. “When you walk into the gym, it’s just the gym. Don’t let anyone else in. Keep everyone out. What a fight. You are a cage warrior. That’s what we are, we are champions of Cage Warriors.

“He said crazy things about ‘Valentina is going to smack a Mac.’ All of this…it was so poetic and it was so beautiful.

“My partner Ellis printed it out and put it in a sign in MSG and it’s in my front room. So everyday, if I’m struggling, or if I feel good but I don’t I don’t need to get ahead, have a big head and walk around with an ego, it’s to keep my feet on the ground and realize that I’m just here to win.

McCann, 32, is currently riding a three-fight winning streak in the UFC women’s flyweight division. If she is able to spectacularly defeat Blanchfield and continue her hot streak, it could bring her closer to title contention in 2023, especially given the lack of depth at the top of the weight class and her growing popularity among the occasional ones.

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