Australian flyweight Casey O’Neill started her UFC career on a high, winning via TKO in the second round against American Shana Dobson.
The 23-year-old Queenslander from Scotland gained the upper hand early in the second round and eventually forced a save after an extended series of strikes against her insensitive opponent.
“Casey O’Neill is for real,” commentator and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping said after the fight.
“She’s so aggressive. She went ahead, she ate some of the best shots Shana has had, and the game plan for me was clear – she was looking to put her on the back.
“Once she was there she was absolutely relentless.”
The victory extends O’Neill’s professional record to six wins, zero losses.
“You can’t hope for anything more than an end to your UFC debut,” she said after the fight.
“I really got off to a really slow start, I was a little worried on that first lap, but between laps I was like, ‘No, same job, different uniform’; just get away from your nerves and go -y there. “
O’Nell completely dominated the fight on the stats sheet, landing 132 strikes at 27 and knocking down Dobsons four times.
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“I wanted to do better, I wanted to finish it in the first round but we got the second round so I can’t complain about that.”
She said she had dreamed several times during the night of the exact end of the fight.
“I actually had this dream five times last night – that I completed it in the second round by the elbows on the mount, so it came true.”
O’Neill said she felt overwhelmed with emotions after her fight, but was drained that her parents couldn’t be there – with the fight card taking place behind closed doors at the facilities of the UFC in Las Vegas.
“I wanted to be here for a long time and I made a lot of sacrifices in my personal life to get there,” she said.
O’Neill said she was uninjured and wanted to fight again as soon as possible, considering a couple more fights this year.
“I love to fight and I love being in the gym … I am delighted to be going back as soon as possible.”