Nerves Taila Santos had in UFC debut were gone in sweep of Molly McCann on ‘Fight Island’

ABU DHABI – Taila Santos beat Molly McCann with a unanimous decision Wednesday on the main card at UFC on ESPN 13 in Abu Dhabi.

Take a look inside the fight with Santos, who got back in the win column after suffering the first loss of her pro career after a 15-0 start.

Result: Taila Santos def. Molly McCann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Updated records: Santos (16-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), McCann (10-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Key stat: Santos narrowly won in the striking department, but landed five takedowns to sweep the judges’ scorecards.

Santos on the fight’s key moment

“I have my roots in muay Thai, but we expected her to come and try to take the fight to the ground. I train with the best grapplers, so I was ready for that. I started training with my father, so I know he is very happy right now.”

Santos on getting back in the win column

“I was really nervous in my first (UFC) fight, in my debut, and I feel like I just came in more focused and more confident (for this fight) and I was able to have a better performance.”

Santos on what she wants next

“I’m very happy to beat someone like Molly, who’s a very tough fighter and a ranked fighter. So I’m hoping to come out and face another one in the rankings (next).”

To hear more from Santos, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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