Undefeated Prospect Casey O’Neill Makes a Big Promise After UFC 271 Victory: “I Promise Everyone That at 28 I Will Be the Champion”

Published 02/17/2022, 10:00 AM EST

After a spectacular win at UFC 271, Casey O’Neill seems to be under a lot of pressure. She defeated Roxanne Modafferi and kept her spotless record clean. However, it seems her social media is flooded with comments urging her to fight Valentina Shevchenko.

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Shevchenko has dominated the UFC women’s flyweight division for a while and there don’t seem to be many opponents for her. Hence, for many, Shevchenko versus O’Neill may look like a good matchup.

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Though she has given several spectacular fights, she started her professional MMA career only in 2019. Further, she is just a year old in the UFC. As a result, she doesn’t believe she is ready to challenge Shevchenko yet.

 

She said, “Why do people expect you to fight the champion a year into your career. You know that’s unfair. I know there’s not very, many girls in the flyweight division that are going to challenge her yet, but Talia Santos looks like she’s next. So let’s just leave that to Talia Santos for now. And I’m aware that I’m not ready for the challenge of being against Valentina right now. I’m only 24 but I promise everyone that at 28 I will be the champion.”

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“Yeah, I think I’ll fight for it in a few years and we’ll see how it goes. 27-28.”

It would surely be interesting to see if ‘Bullet‘ will still be fighting then. For O’Neill, facing several more high-level opponents and improving her skills could help her fulfill her dream of becoming a champion within a few years.

Casey O’Neill: Her MMA career so far

‘King’ started her amateur fighting journey back in 2014. She entered the MMA business at a very young age. Unfortunately, she lost her first two fights. She then went on to win five fights in a row. Post this, she started her professional career from 2019 onwards.

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The fighter fought for EMMA and UAE Warriors before signing up with the UFC. She has never been defeated in her pro-career. With nine consecutive wins, her future at UFC looks great. It would be interesting to watch her fight against some of the best flyweights.

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With such a spectacular recent win, fans would be exciting to see how her career maps out ahead.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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