Julija Stoliarenko shocked the crowd in London when she upset fan-favorite Molly McCann by submitting her in the first round of their flyweight bout.
The two women met in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Tom Aspinall vs. Marcin Tybura, with McCann looking to recreate the incredible form she’d displayed in her last two trips to London when she scored back-to-back spinning elbow knockouts.
“Meatball” had a three-fight win streak halted when she was submitted by Erin Blanchfield at UFC 281, but Stoliarenko entered the night in an extremely precarious position after only earning one victory out of her first five UFC bouts.
The Lithuanian came out aggressive to start the fight and was having considerable success on the feet despite being known as more of a grappler, but once she got things to the canvas the 30-year-old secured her favorite submission to hand McCann back-to-back losses for the second time in her career.
Put an end to this fight just 2️⃣ minutes into round one 🤯 #UFCLondon
— UFC (@ufc) July 22, 2023
Stoliarenko likely would have exited the UFC if she had come up short in London, but instead the Lithuanian silenced the crowd and picked up easily the biggest win of her career.
MMA Twitter Reacts To Julija Stoliarenko Submitting Molly McCann In London
Most fans seemed to expect that McCann would get back into the win column against Stoliarenko, but another submission loss for “Meatball” inspired reactions ranging from hilarious to absolutely harsh.
Jimmy Johns Fast Finish is, fittingly, a Meatball Sub
— smoogy (@smoogymma) July 22, 2023
“alright molly she’s lost 4 of her last 5 and cutting to 125 for the first time, your in front of the home crowd, there’s no way you lose”
— Conner Burks (@connerburks) July 22, 2023
Molly McCann for like 3 months in 2022:
— Out Of Context MMA (@oocmma) July 22, 2023
Julija Stoliarenko STUNS the O2 Arena with a first round armbar against Molly McCann
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 22, 2023
Molly McCann if having no ground game won you the belt pic.twitter.com/xawsiIz42n
— Homelander MMA (@HomelanderMMA) July 22, 2023
Where does Molly McCann go from here? #UFCLondon
— Lewis Simpson (@LewisSimpsonMMA) July 22, 2023
Yall out here laying -200 on Meatball Molly?! IN THIS ECONOMY!?
— Clint MacLean (@DieHardMMAPod) July 22, 2023
Molly McCann just got beat by a chick who’s barely over .500 W-L. Losing to Erin was understandable but that just absolutely kills the last bit of the hype train. #UFCLondon
— MMA² (@mma_squared) July 22, 2023
Julija Stoliarenko now 2-5 in the UFC, Molly McCann now 6-5.#UFCLondon
— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) July 22, 2023
You can check out all of the results and highlights from UFC Fight Night: Tom Aspinall vs. Marcin Tybura right here.