Casey O’Neill has maintained her perfect record, finishing Antonina Shevchenko via TKO in the second round at UFC Vegas 38, now moving to 8-0 record.
O’Neill is now three from three in the UFC, having finished all her opponents.
Shevchenko was her toughest match-up to date, being the sister of Flyweight Champion, Valentina Shevchenko, however, O’Neill proved she is a force to be reckoned with at 125 pounds.
It was a fast past opening round, with both women coming out looking to apply the pressure early.
Shevchenko looking to landing the cleaner strikes early, while O’Neill wanted to get the fight to the ground. O’Neill’s first takedown attempt was unsuccessful with Shevchenko reversing the position and ending up on top.
She was able to trap the right arm of O’Neill in a crucifix and followed up with ground and pound, however, O’Neill quickly got back to her feet. From there Shevchenko got a Muay Thai clinch and landed big knees to the body of O’Neill, however O’Neill undeterred continued to press on.
With just over two minutes remaining in the round O’Neill finally secured a takedown, with the fight remaining on the ground for a large portion of the rest of the round.
Shevchenko was able to get back to her feet in the final 40 seconds but slipped over soon after allowing O’Neill to get back on top, who took full advantage, landing heavy shots on the ground to close out the opening round.
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The second round was all O’Neill. While Shevchenko had success in the stand-up again for the opening minute, it did not last long with O’Neill getting the fight back to the mat and on her terms at the 90-second mark via a double leg takedown.
On the ground, O’Neill began going to work with elbows, with Shevchenko unable to escape as easily as she was in the first round.
Shevchenko then rolled onto her back, allowing O’Neill to transition to full mount where she dished out heavy ground and pound.
In an attempt to escape, Shevchenko rolled onto her back to escape the punishment, but O’Neill was un-relenting continuing to land ground and pound with Shevchenko having no answer.
Out of answers, Shevchenko rolled back over so her back was facing the mat but O’Neill just followed up with vicious elbows again.
The referee watched the action closely, warning Shevchenko to fight back multiple times, with her just being able to move out of harm’s way each time and defend herself.
The punches of O’Neill did not stop however with the referee ultimately stopping the contest from the damage Shevchenko had absorbed with 15 seconds left on the clock.
Post-fight O’Neill put the Women’s Flyweight division on notice.
“Just because I didn’t have the opportunity to fight people like this doesn’t mean I’m not ready for it,” O’Neill said.
“I was stuck down in Australia where no one cares about you until you’ve got so many wins, so now I’m here and I’m staying and I’m for real and I hope I proved that everybody tonight because I’m here to stay.
“I knew I had a job to do, I was here, injury, tired, whatever, I am here to fight and I will fight hard and I will finish everybody.”
O’Neill will now be in line for a ranked opponent next after her dominant performance as she looks to continue to climb her way up the rankings at 125 pounds.
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