UFC Fight Night – Fight Island #1 Betting Preview and Free Play: Molly McCann vs. Taila Santos

by Tyler Vaysman | July 12, 2020 |

An interesting betting opportunity awaits with this upcoming UFC fight. Two women’s flyweights, Molly McCann and Taila Santos, will be battling it out on the main card. 

  • Date: Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Watch on: ESPN

The Fighters 

Molly McCann (10-2-0)

McCann is currently ranked 15th in the women’s flyweight division and is on a 4 fight win streak. Her resume shows that she has 6 wins by decision and 4 by knockout. 

“Meatball” has a striking accuracy at 51 percent and a grappling accuracy at 18 percent. She lands 5.30 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 4.17. Her ratio is solid but could stand to defend a little better. 

McCann has a takedown defense at 50 percent and a significant strike defense at 68 percent. She also averages 1.36 takedowns and submissions every 15 minutes. 

Taila Santos (15-1-0)

Santos has been great so far in her career, especially with a 15 fight win streak. She has 10 wins by knockout, 2 by submission, and 3 by decision. 

“Nao” has a striking accuracy at 36 percent and a grappling accuracy of 100 percent. She lands 2.40 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 5.07. This ratio is quite opposite of what you want to have here, as she gets hit far more than she delivers. 

Santos has a takedown defense at 75 percent and a significant strike defense at 64 percent. She also averages 1 takedown and 2 submissions per 15 minutes. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has this one very close and going back and forth. BookMaker has the odds currently sitting at:

McCann: -114

Santos: -116

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

Even though the market might view this as a toss up, we can still try and pick a winner. Which one has the better edge?

Santos has shown to be able to win in any form she needs. She has a great fighting package with some solid defenses but her significant strikes absorbed compared to her delivering is of concern. 

McCann has a similar story that Santos has in regards to fighting. She has some solid offensive skills but her defenses have shown to be a little lacking. 

Overall, McCann might be a safer pick at the moment. I think she will deliver more hits and wear down Santos. 

Spooky Express Free Play – Molly McCann wins via decision

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