Molly McCann vs.Taila Santos - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction

Molly McCann vs.Taila Santos  - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction Photo by Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Taila Santos vs. Molly McCann

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 10:15 PM (UFC Fight Island)

The Line: -- Molly McCann -115 / Taila Santos -105 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Molly McCann and Taila Santos face off in a women’s flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 172 which will take place at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in attendance for this event. McCann is currently the number 15th ranked fighter in the division while Santos is unranked. 

Molly “Meatball” McCann is one of the most popular UFC fighters around right now, and a win in this fight would probably only get her more fans. Coming into this fight McCann has a 10-2 record and since coming into the UFC she has a 3-1 record. After losing her first fight in the UFC. Meatball has won three straight fights. 

Each of the last three fights for McCann she hasn’t been able to get the finish but she was able to come away with a win by unanimous decision. McCann’s last fight came against Diana Belbita and there really wasn’t any doubt about the winner in that fight. McCann outstruck her 113-98 and she had five takedowns which was seal the deal. 

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McCann loves to be aggressive early and coming into this fight she is averaging 6.49 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.95 strikes per minute. McCann also is averaging 2.59 successful takedowns every 15 minutes. 

Taila Santos comes into this fight with a 15-1 record overall but her one loss during that stretch was in her last fight. Santos last fight came in February of 2019 against Mara Romero Borella.In that fight Santos was competitive, but she was taken down twice and that seemed to be the difference in her losing by a split decision. She did have a takedown in that fight, and in this fight her wrestling is probably going to need to be top-notch. 

Santos is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.53 significant strikes per minute. She is also averaging one takedown every 15 minutes, and one submission attempt every 15 minutes. 

Santos was taken down twice in the last fight and that is going to continue in this game. Look for McCann to control the fight early with her takedowns and that will be enough to win this fight at a very nice price. 

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Shane’s Pick Molly McCann -115

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