Casey O’Neill fired a Julianna Peña at Dana White ahead of UFC 271
UFC women’s flyweight Casey O’Neill took a page from bantamweight champion Julianna Peña’s book while talking to Dana White ahead of UFC 271.
At UFC 271, O’Neill took a step closer to title contention. She did so by sending veteran Roxanne Modafferi to retirement after a loss.
Despite failing to maintain her 100% finishing record in the UFC, “King Casey” extended her perfect pro resume to 9-0 with a win on the scorecards. In doing so, she climbed three places to 12th on the 125-pound scale.
She also seemed to establish herself as the new villain of the promotion with her interview in the Octagon and her remarks at the post-fight press conference. if we believe her, we can expect O’Neill to become “the greatest villain” we’ve ever seen in the months and years to come.
O’Neill pledged to capture the gold
With another jump closer to dominant flyweight leader Valentina Shevchenko, O’Neill is starting to attract attention as a possible title contender. But as she aims for a steady increase in every top-ranked 125lb, the Scots-Australian has gold in her sights, something she let Dana White know ahead of her win over ‘The Happy Warrior’.
Discuss O’Neill’s performance during his appearance at the UFC 271 post-fight press conference, White revealed what the 24-year-old told him during the weigh-in ceremony for the event. She apparently took the opportunity to make an ambitious promise to the UFC president.
“The thing about Roxanne is she’s very modest. But she’s a very tough, durable, hard-to-fight fighter, and Casey beat her tonight,” White said. approached me on stage during the weigh-ins and said, ‘I’m going to be your next world champion.’ So I like her attitude, I like the way she fights, she’s aggressive, she’s tough, we’ll see what she does.
O’Neill’s promise is reminiscent of one made to the UFC president by bantamweight queen Peña. After “The Venezuelan Vixen” upset the odds at UFC 269 by dethroning then two-division champion Amanda Nunes, White revealed that the newly crowned titleholder predicted her own success for her before joining the promotion.
The question is, can O’Neill keep her promise like Peña did?
Do you think Casey O’Neill can replicate Julianna Peña’s bantamweight success at flyweight?