A meeting of two European champions has been signed for June 22 at UFC Greenville as former Cage Warriors flyweight champion Molly McCann takes on former KSW flyweight champion Ariane Lipski.
On Friday, an initial report from ESPN stated the bout was “in the works”. Sources have now confirmed to MMA Fighting that both McCann and Lipski have signed contracts for the June date.
McCann (8-2-0) became the first British woman to claim a UFC win with her well-rounded display against Priscila Cachoeira at UFC London in March. “Meatball” was called up to the UFC on the back of her Cage Warriors run, which saw her become the organization’s first female flyweight champion in 2018 with a second-round stoppage of Bryony Tyrell. McCann suffered a defeat in her UFC debut, succumbing to a second-round submission to Gillian Robertson at UFC Liverpool.
Lipski (11-4-0) came up short in a UFC baptism of fire when she faced Joanne Calderwood in his promotional debut, suffering a one-sided decision loss at UFC Brooklyn in January. “The Violence Queen” claimed the inaugural KSW women’s flyweight title in Dublin, Ireland with a first-round rear-naked choke victory over Mariana Morais in October 2017. At KSW 42, Lipski successfully defended the title for first time, claiming a unanimous decision win over Silvana Gomez Juarez, before signing for the UFC.