Molly McCann suffers submission loss to Erin Blanchfield in opening spherical at UFC 281 in New York | MMA Information

Molly McCann was ruthlessly submitted within the opening spherical by Erin Blanchfield because the British fighter’s successful run was ended at UFC 281 in New York.

McCann had boosted her profile with two explosive knockout wins in Britain earlier this 12 months, however she was shortly overpowered by American Blanchfield, who secured a Kimura to cease the bout after three-and-a-half minutes.

Blanchfield took down the Liverpudlian earlier than trying her first Kimura, which McCann was in a position to escape.

Molly McCann
The British fighter was shortly taken down by Blanchfield

However Blanchfield refused to be denied and pounded McCann with unanswered blows earlier than locking in one other submission try, forcing the Brit to faucet out.

“I used to be undoubtedly stunned the referee did not cease it,” mentioned Blanchfield in her post-fight interview.

“I used to be throwing so many punches, threw a couple of elbows. She was nonetheless shifting, she wasn’t fully out however it in all probability might have been stopped earlier.

Erin Blanchfield
Blanchfield celebrated her dominant win

“The primary one she was blocking my legs and I could not recover from the pinnacle, so I knew she was going to get out however the second my leg was over her arm so I knew it could be there.”

In the primary occasion, Alex Pereira produced a surprising knockout over Israel Adesanya within the fifth and remaining spherical to say the UFC middleweight title.

Israel Adesanya, Alex Pereira
Alex Pereira delivered a dramatic win over Israel Adesanya

Adesanya led 39-37 on all three scorecards heading into the ultimate spherical, however he was instantly shocked by a flurry of punches from Pereira earlier than the referee stopped the battle.

Former UFC light-weight champion Frankie Edgar had earlier misplaced the ultimate bout of his MMA profession when he was brutally dropped by a flying knee from Chris Gutierrez within the first spherical.

Dustin Poirier additionally made Michael Chandler faucet within the third spherical of a bloody battle, extending his report to report to 21-6 within the UFC.