Former Everlasting strawweight champion ‘King’ Casey O’Neill impressed in her UFC debut earlier at present, stopping her far more skilled opponent Shana Dobson within the second spherical.
The bout was a part of the preliminary portion of the UFC Combat Night time: Blaydes vs Lewis card which passed off on the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, USA.
O’Neill didn’t precisely begin slowly however it took a spherical for the 23-year-old to properly and really get the UFC nerves out of her system and didn’t look again as she took down her American opponent and secured the ground-and-pound stoppage.
‘I really feel good. You possibly can’t hope for something greater than a end in your UFC debut. I positively obtained off to a sluggish begin so I used to be a little bit bit frightened in that first spherical however then in between rounds, I used to be like “Nah, similar job, totally different uniform”, simply get the nerves out of the way in which and go for it.’
O’Neill did simply that, not losing a lot time to getting the battle to the bottom the place the Scottish-born fighter dominated. O’Neill stayed heavy on high, took the again earlier than transitioned to mount, after which repeated by going to again and ending up in mount the place the strikes began to take their toll on Dobson who had nowhere to maneuver.
The referee halted the battle, 3:41 into the second spherical.
‘I knew that stand-up we have been going to be fairly even and that my floor was going to be superior so we knew that the best method to get the win could be to take her down and end her there.
‘As soon as I obtained that first one, within the first spherical, I knew – I may really feel her hips on the bottom weren’t as robust as mine so second spherical Eddie (O’Neill nook individual) was like, “go to the bottom and end her there”.
First day on the job ✅
Significantly overwhelmed with all of it presently, I see all of the messages and help ! Massive put up to come back however for now I’ll get pleasure from the very best night time of my life 🏴🇦🇺👑 pic.twitter.com/1L6W3f9YeO
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) February 21, 2021
In response to the UFC stats, O’Neill landed 31 of her 49 important strikes on the bottom, in comparison with Dobson’s 16 whole important strikes. Having educated at native gyms on the Gold Coast in addition to Tiger Muay Thai, O’Neill final yr relocated from the Gold Coast to Las Vegas the place she presently trains out Excessive Couture.
O’Neill proved that she was properly and really prepared to combine it within the UFC and with the win moved her professional report to an unblemished 6-0.
Wow. Casey O’Neill finishes Shana Dobson through second-round TKO. Nice win by the prospect. #UFCVegas19
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) February 20, 2021
Strong win for Casey O’Neill. Did a great job controlling from high and was relentless.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 20, 2021
Nice new blood within the division
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 20, 2021
Like I stated a number of occasions up to now 48 hours, Casey O’Neill is an animal. That was some debut by the 23-year-old. #UFCVegas19
— Mike Heck (@MikeHeck_JR) February 20, 2021