Flyweight contenders Casey O’Neill and Roxanne Modafferi are expected to fight on the UFC 271 event scheduled for Feb.
Currently, the UFC 271 location has yet to be revealed but the pay-per-view event will take place on Feb. 12. The flyweight match-up was first revealed by our own social media manager, Meni Mayer under the Instagram account MMA.Ideas. Modafferi has lost three of her last five UFC bouts and is looking for one last win before she decides to sail off into the retirement sunset.
Casey O’Neill Looking To Push Old Guard Out
Prior to the booking with Casey O’Neill, Modafferi lost two fights back-to-back in the UFC. First, Viviane Araujo outpointed “The Happy Warrior” in their Jan 2021 contest. Following her Araujo defeat, the flyweight was tasked with fighting Talia Santos on the epic UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega card. Once again, the older flyweight struggled to keep up with the pace of Santos. En route to losing a unanimous decision victory, Modafferi’s back will be up against the wall in her next bout.
Before her streak of setbacks, “The Happy Warrior” arguably picked up the biggest win of her career when she took Andrea “KGB” Lee to task when the two fought back in 2020. Modafferi is known for her ability to get the fights to the canvas where her skill set shines. The flyweight is well versed with submissions and one of her biggest strengths is her damaging ground and pound. While she struggled with success in 2020, she also picked up a notable victory against Maycee “The Future” Barber. Modafferi came close to scoring the finish but Barber’s toughness was on full display during the Jan. contest.
The unbeaten “King” Casey O’Neill looked very impressive in her last Octagon appearance. Specifically, the rising flyweight has amassed a 3-fight winning streak since joining the promotion in Feb. of this year. Along her UFC path, the 24-year-old has looked remarkable. On the way up the division, Casey O’Neill dispatched Shana Dobson, Lara Procópio, and Antonina Shevchenko. What made all of these victories even more impressive is that O’Neill managed to finish all three fighters.
One fight that pushed Casey O’Neill into the spotlight was her last performance against Antonina Shevchenko. The Scottland native highlighted the potency of her ground and pound with yet another victory on the canvas. After finishing Shevchenko in dramatic fashion, certainly, the champion is already looking at Casey O’Neill as a possible contender down the line.
Who is your early pick between Casey O’Neill and Roxanne Modafferi?