It was a close contest, with O’Neil potentially edging every round due to activity, however, Roxanne Modafferi hung tough.
After all was said and done, “King” outstruck “The Happy Warrior” 229-120 in terms of total strikes. O’Neil struck with a 58% significant strike accuracy while Modafferi struggled, landing only 33% of her significant strikes. She did garner two takedowns over “King”, accruing a minute and six seconds of control time however failed to really capitalize off of it.
O’Neil would get the judges’ nod after three rounds, and “The Happy Warrior” would be forced to retire off a loss.
Is Casey O’Neil the Next Superstar of Women’s MMA?
Casey O’Neil (9-0, 4-0 UFC) has unlimited potential. She’s skilled, beautiful, and has the ability to cut a promo that’s honestly almost required to achieve MMA stardom.
Did we mention she’s undefeated? That’s right, in almost 10 fights total and four in the UFC, “King” remains on top of her throne.
Debuting in the UFC in 2021 against Shana Dobson, O’Neil would show ferocity. Pummeling Dobson into the canvas to win via KO/TKO. Next, Lara Procopio would be her victim. This time it was a standing rear-naked-choke that sealed the deal. Later, Valentina Schevchenko’s sister would get brutalized. More nasty ground and pound from the “King” would result in a finish, bringing us back to the current day.
So, as we’ve highlighted, O’Neil has a stunning tenacity to finish her adversaries. Furthermore, the woman can talk. After her victory at UFC 271, she was met with a plethora of boos.
“Hey, stop booing me,” O’Neill told those in attendance. “I know it was her retirement fight but it takes two to tango. “If you want me to be that bad guy, then f*ck you, I’ll be the f***in’ bad guy.”
What do you think of that hilarious response to the crowd, and do you see Casey O’Neil being Women’s MMA’s next big star?
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