London, England – Julija Stoliarenko made a statement in her flyweight debut, submitting fan favorite Molly McCann in just 1:48 of the first round at UFC Fight Night 224 on Saturday.
Stoliarenko, who had previously competed at bantamweight and featherweight, looked right at home at 125 pounds. She used her grappling to great effect, taking McCann down early and then locking in an armbar. McCann refused to tap, but the referee had no choice but to stop the fight.
After the win, Stoliarenko was all smiles. She said she felt great at flyweight and that she was excited to continue her career in the division.
“I love myself at flyweight,” Stoliarenko said. “I love it. I love how my body is moving at flyweight. I feel so strong and so fast.”
Stoliarenko’s win was a major upset. McCann was the No. 10-ranked flyweight in the world, while Stoliarenko was unranked. But Stoliarenko showed that she is a force to be reckoned with at 125 pounds.
With her victory, Stoliarenko has now won 10 of her 11 career fights by submission. She is a dangerous grappler, and she will be a tough out for anyone in the flyweight division.
Stoliarenko is not sure who she will fight next, but she is eager to get back in the cage. She said she wants to fight the best in the division, and she is confident that she can compete with anyone.
“I want to fight the best,” Stoliarenko said. “I want to fight the champion. I want to fight everyone.”
Stoliarenko’s future at flyweight looks bright. She is a talented grappler with a lot of potential. If she can continue to improve, she could be a future champion in the division.