Molly McCann gifts Israel Adesanya a signed Alex Iwobi Everton shirt

A new Toffee fan? UFC star ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann gifts middleweight champion Israel Adesanya a signed Alex Iwobi Everton shirt ahead of UFC 281

  • Molly McCann, 32, gifted Israel Adesanya a signed Alex Iwobi Everton shirt
  • She gave it to the middleweight champion ahead of UFC 281 on Saturday night 
  • McCann will go head-to-head with Erin Blanchfield on the preliminary card
  • Adesanya will take on his long-term rival Alex Pereira in his sixth title defence

Molly McCann gifted middleweight champion Israel Adesanya a signed Alex Iwobi Everton shirt ahead of UFC 281 on Saturday night. 

McCann will go head-to-head with Erin Blanchfield on the preliminary card of tomorrow night’s event at Madison Square Garden. 

While, Adesanya will take on his long-term rival Alex Pereira as he looks to make his sixth title defence at UFC 281. 


Molly McCann gifted middleweight champ Israel Adesanya a signed Alex Iwobi Everton shirt

Israel Adesanya (left) and Alex Pereira (right) go head-to-head on Saturday night in New York

McCann – who returns to the Octagon for the first time since July when she beat Hannah Gold – decided to give Adesanya a gift before the big night.  

McCann said: ‘I got you Alex Iwobi. So, he’s from your Nigerian soccer team and I got him to sign you that… I just thought a brother from where I am from supporting you.’

Adesanya replied saying: ‘Oh wow that is awesome. I am gonna look him [Iwobi] up. Thank you so much’ before leaning in to hug McCann. 

McCann went on to explain what Everton’s motto, Nil satis nisi optimum, meant to Adesanya. 

The 33-year-old repeated what he had been told to the camera before taking McCann once again. 

McCann went on to explain what Everton’s motto, Nil satis nisi optimum, meant to Adesanya

Adesanya has been almost untouchable in the UFC, with that defeat to Jan Blachowicz 

The clash between Adesanya and Pereira is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 12 at Madison Square Garden, New York.

The preliminary card will start at 11pm for those in the UK, with the main card beginning at 1am on Sunday morning. 

The pair are expected to touch gloves at around 4.15am, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand. 

Adesanya has been almost untouchable in the UFC, with that defeat to Jan Blachowicz at light-heavyweight last year still the only blemish on his resume. 

Pereira faces a daunting task, having been beaten by the Brazilian twice as a kickboxer 

Pereira faces a daunting task, having been beaten by the Brazilian twice as a kickboxer, the second ending via knockout. 

The KO in 2017 was devastating. Pereira required medical attention and was given oxygen before coming around.  

UFC president Dana White described the upcoming fight as ‘bats**t nuts’, and the Madison Square Garden crowd will certainly be expecting fireworks.




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