MOLLY MCCANN VS JI YEON KIM FACTS
When is UFC Vegas 36? Saturday 4th September, 2021 -19:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Vegas 36? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
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What channel is UFC Vegas 36 on? BT Sport 2
Where can I stream UFC Vegas 36? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website
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MOLLY MCCANN VS JI YEON KIM LOWDOWN
Liverpool’s own, Molly McCann (10-4) heads back to the APEX hoping to prevent a three-fight skid. After the colossal anti-climax that was her UFC debut on home turf, she went on an impressive three-fight win streak. She earnt three unanimous decisions over Priscilla Cachoeira (2019), Ariane Lipski (2019) and Diana Belbita (2019) after getting submitted by Gillian Robertson. She then ran into Taila Santos last year who earnt a dominant unanimous decision and Lara Procopio made it two-in-a-row seven months ago.
Ji Yeon Kim (9-3-2) steps out for her annual fight. She is 3-3 in the UFC and has not been anywhere near as active as she would have liked since making her debut in 2017. She lost a unanimous decision to Lucie Pudilova and replied during a more active year with two split decision wins over Justine Kish (2018) and Melinda Fabian (2018) but then lost one against Antonina Shevchenko (2018). She returned to disable Nadia Kassem (2019) with a brilliant body punch but is coming off another unanimous decision to Alexa Grasso a year ago.
MOLLY MCCANN VS JI YEON KIM PREDICTION
McCann has the pressure of getting cut by the UFC, but we are backing her to earn a decision here. Her last two opponents, especially Santos are on a different level to Kim and McCann will be able to deliver a much better account of herself. Mainly because Kim is not a wrestler.
Kim has decent jiu-jitsu, but she is a striker by trade and with a significant 10-inch reach advantage, she should be able to keep McCann at a distance with her jab and be able to offload combinations without getting hit.
McCann is a solid boxer and will go toe-to-toe with Kim, but her movement will need to be on point to get into the pocket and offload and find the chin. If the Korean starts to land we can expect McCann to shoot in for a takedown.
In all, we expect a fun back and forth fight on the feet as well as trading takedowns as their defence is mediocre at best. If Kim can keep McCann at a distance utilising her reach, she can sway the judges, but we feel McCann’s aggressiveness and takedowns should get the job done.
Prediction: McCann via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)