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Ireland’s Danni McCormack opens up on upset TKO loss to Stephanie Page at Bellator 275

Danni McCormack recently shared some thoughts after her loss to Stephanie Page at Bellator 275 in Dublin, Ireland.

McCormack (5-1-0) came into the 3Arena on Feb. 25 as the undefeated hometown favourite against her French opponent Page (6-3-0), who had lost her past two fights. McCormack told the Crossfire before the bout that she was looking to showcase her improved striking and not just go for the takedown, which she is known for.

But Page caught McCormack on the counterstrike almost immediately, and then dropped her with a big right hand. McCormack fought her way back up, but Page swarmed with strikes that connected until referee Marc Goddard had seen enough, calling the fight at 1:46 of the first round.

It was a humbling defeat for McCormack, with Conor McGregor and the Irish hometown crowd watching. But now, McCormack took to Instagram to share her feelings on the experience.

I learned more about myself in the last 36 hours than I have in 5 years. It’s been 5 years since my last loss and I learned a lot then too. It’s a strange feeling, I go between two mindsets – one is proactive, planning for what’s next and how to get better and the other mindset fights back the tears, the feelings of emptiness and is stuck in time. I think I need to feel these things to accept my reality and move forward. It hurt a lot to fall flat on my face in front of a sold out 3Arena, in front of the best crowd in the world but the bit that hurts more is knowing I didn’t get to show how much I have improved and all the work my coaches have put into me to develop my overall game. I’m not sorry and I know I didn’t let them down, they feel the hurt too but I am determined to show the world how good I am and reach a new level for my next fight. Truly I know this is best thing that could have ever happened to me and for the next level I need real determination like I have never felt before. When I watch the fight back I’m so proud of that girl who refused to back down and kept fighting until the end. That girl will be a champion and I am going to make sure of that.

We rebuild, looking forward to the work and the development to come. When something hurts this much it reminds you how much you love it. Thank you all for your support, I could hear you all and tried everything to fight on. We will go again but for now let’s get better❤️‍🩹

It’s clear that “Mac” continues to enjoy the support of her hometown fans and her peers and is determined to work her way back.

For now, as she says, it’s all about getting better.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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