If you’ve ever wondered why UFC star Molly McCann’s nickname is “Meatball Molly,” well, now you know.
The Liverpudlian worked at a Subway store early in her career so she could follow her MMA dreams and put her fighting skills to use saving a girl’s life on a dramatic night in her hometown.
Speaking to podcaster True Geordie, McCann recalled how her intervention prevented a life of misery for a girl who was targeted at a party.
“I was working in Subway, it was like five in the morning,” the UFC star explained.
“I’m still cutting sandwiches, trying to stay awake and a girl just happened to walk in and then this guy walked up to her and put his arm around her.
“He was a foreign man and his English wasn’t very good, and she sounded Welsh, so I thought, ‘That’s some big shit’.
“So I said, ‘Boy, what’s her name?’ He said ‘Who are you bizzies? [police].’
“He and I ended up having a murder. He dragged the girl and tried to get her out of the store. My girlfriend Samira ran in the back, I ran outside to get him,” McCann continued.
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“As I was running outside he went and headbutted me and I just lay down and cut his leg off. Before the fight started he was on the phone and rang for help A few cars bounced off this road.
“It’s Romley Street, so it’s the center of Liverpool, at five in the morning the birds are chirping when you come out of the nightclub and it’s like, ‘Wooooaaah!’
“All those cars came out and all those guys are in those cars, but where Samira is in the back, she called the bizzies and I came out after a turnaround with that boy.
“He’s screwed, the bizzies came in and closed the shop.
“Turns out he had set a rape date [drug] in her drink at a nightclub, then watched her come to Subway. Then he tried to get her in the car and traffic her.
“So basically he was arrested by the bizzies, he was an illegal immigrant and he was deported and sent back from wherever he was.
“So don’t mess with The Meatball, huh!”
After losing his UFC debut, McCann rode a three-fight winning streak before losing twice in a row.
The 32-year-old feared she would be kicked out of the UFC before picking up back-to-back victories – the most recent of which, in London, featured a stunning spinning nudge that UFC boss Dana White capped off the greatest female knockout of all time. .
McCann is scheduled to face Hannah Goldy on July 23 at UFC Fight Night 208.