Everything You Need to Know About the UFC Flyweight Debutant Casey O’Neill

Published 02/17/2021, 5:56 AM EST


Undefeated prospect Casey O’Neill took to social media to hype up UFC fans as she prepares to make her promotional debut. ‘King’ will test her undefeated record against Shana Dobson, who’s showing up with an upset win in her last fight. Dobson defied the odds and defeated Mariya Agapova to claim one of the biggest upset wins of 2020 on paper.

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Chiefly, Casey O’Neill will look to solidify herself in the women’s flyweight division as a bonafide contender. Moreover, the fight takes place on the preliminary card for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Lewis and comes in as a marquee event. The card features several interesting match-ups and serves as a good opportunity for a newcomer to make an impression on the fans.

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With her last session in, the Australian will be keen to bring the prowess she’s shown at 115-pounds to the 125-pound UFC division. The divisional queen Valentina Shevchenko has held the weight class in a vice grip ever since she’s captured the belt.

There are contenders who are in line to face ‘The Bullet’. However, a series of impressive wins could bring the 5-0 newbie to the front of the line. The debutant will look to kick start that series on Saturday.

UFC flyweight: Casey O’Neill

‘King’ O’Neill is undefeated across her professional career and has accrued one KO, one submission, and three wins by decision. Her amateur career got off to a rocky start with 2 straight losses, however, she hasn’t lost since. A large chunk of her early career has been fought out at Eternal MMA, and her swift jump to UFC competition speaks volumes about her talent.

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The 23-year-old prospect trains out of Xtreme Couture MMA and recently wrapped up a stint over at the Performance Institute. The gym has seen several greats including founder Randy Couture, Miesha Tate, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, and other titlists. Casey O’Neill will be keen to add her name to the list of greats hailing out of Vegas.

She’ll have to be wary of going up against Shana Dobson, who has proven that she can’t be counted out. Although Dobson has suffered several early pro-career losses, she has re-centered herself and is looking to make a credentialed run.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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