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Centurion FC: Italy’s Manuela Marconetto edges Ireland’s Danni McCormack in Malta

Both fighters feel like they won the fight, Marconetto offers a rematch in the Bellator cage

Ireland’s Danni McCormack is facing her first losing streak after a tough split-decision loss to Italy’s Manuela Marconetto Friday in Malta.

McCormack (5-2-0), came to Malta hoping to generate some momentum for a return back to her home organization of Bellator, but Marconetto (3-1-0) had other plans.

“Split-decision loss last night, it’s never loosing (sic), massive thank you to all my team of coaches and training partners for everything you do,” McCormack said in her Instagram post.

McCormack naturally thought she won the contest in speaking to MMA Crossfire. “I won round one, and (round) two and was shocked at the result, but don’t want to be a sore loser so I didn’t mention that in the (Instagram) post,” she explained. “I was a bit hesitant because of my last loss, but felt I did enough to win.”

Asked what the corner advised for the final round, McCormack said her corner thought she had taken the first two rounds as well.

“That we were up two rounds but keep making her miss and counter and a get a takedown to solidify it,” McCormack said, also explaining that as far as she knows, she will be back in Bellator for her next fight.

Conversely, the win generates some momentum and interest for Marconetto, perhaps from organizations similar to McCormack’s home organization of Bellator. “The Butcher’s Daughter” has now won two straight and is ready for action, as indicated in her most recent Instagram post.

“We done it again! Another short notice call up against one of the top European prospects,” Marconetto said in the post. “It was been (sic) a pleasure to share the cage with such a great and tough fighter and I’m so grateful for it. This has been a test for me and there are so many things I need to work on to improve and step up my game!”

“For me, this fight was a big test, at this point of my career,” Marconetto said to The Crossfire. “It was a short notice call, but I really wanted to take this fight to test myself. I saw it as a big opportunity to showcase myself. It was a very close fight. I still need to watch all of my fight. I think I can say I did a good one, but I still have to improve a lot of things, obviously. So I can’t wait to get back to my gym to train next week to work on my mistakes and go from there. Hopefully, I get a next fight, super soon.”

Marconetto also responded to McCormack’s contention that she won the first two rounds. “We’re going to see the video of the fight,” she said to The Crossfire. “Definitely the first round wasn’t hers. The second round, yes, because she took me down more than once. I stood up pretty much right away. She didn’t do any damage on her takedowns, but the first round definitely wasn’t hers,” Marconetto said.

Since speaking to The Crossfire, Marconetto has also responded on her own Instagram page, challenging McCormack to run it back in Bellator.

Perhaps a rematch in the Bellator cage is in order.


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

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