UFC Vegas 19: Australian rising star Casey O’Neill defeats Shana Dobson

Brutal moment rising Aussie UFC star, 23, destroys her her first opponent with a series of unrelenting elbow blows to the face

  • Queenslander Casey O’Neill made her UFC debut at an event in Las Vegas
  • She squared up against American Shana Dobson in the UFC Vegas 19 match
  • O’Neill defeated her flyweight bout opponent with a second round knockout

A talented Australian muay thai athlete has made her UFC debut in spectacular style, destroying her opponent with a second round knockout.

Queenslander Casey O’Neill defeated American Shana Dobson in their UFC Vegas 19 flyweight bout in impressive style, taking her down four times and landing 132 strikes to her opponent’s 27.

The 23-year-old admitted she got off to a slow start but said once she got the nerves out of way, she just thought ‘go for it’.

Queenslander Casey O’Neill has made an impressive start to her UFC career, defeating American Shana Dobson in UFC Vegas 19

O'Neill took Dobson down four times and landed 132 strikes to her opponents 27, before winning in a second round knockout

O’Neill took Dobson down four times and landed 132 strikes to her opponents 27, before winning in a second round knockout

O'Neill admitted she got off to a slow start but said once she got the nerves out of way she just thought 'go for it'

O’Neill admitted she got off to a slow start but said once she got the nerves out of way she just thought ‘go for it’

‘I definitely got off to a slow start, I was a little bit worried in that first round, but between rounds I was like, “Nah, same job, different uniform”; just get the nerves out of the way and just go for it,’ O’Neill said after the fight, Nine News reported.

Having settled her nerves, O’Neill managed to dominate her opponent and was on top by the second round where she forced a stoppage after a series of prolonged strikes against Dobson.

The debut victory was a dream come true for O’Neill – literally.

‘I actually had that dream five times last night – that I finished her in the second round by elbows on mount, so it came true,’ she said.

O'Neill (pictured) took to Instagram after the fight to reveal how 'overwhelmed' she was by her victorious UFC debut

O’Neill (pictured) took to Instagram after the fight to reveal how ‘overwhelmed’ she was by her victorious UFC debut

O'Neill skill on debut impressed commentator Michael Bisping, who noted 'she's so aggressive'

O’Neill skill on debut impressed commentator Michael Bisping, who noted ‘she’s so aggressive’

O'Neill, a talented muay thai athlete, was born in Scotland but currently resides in Queensland

O’Neill, a talented muay thai athlete, was born in Scotland but currently resides in Queensland

O’Neill, who was born in Scotland, took to Instagram after the fight to reveal how overawed she was by her victorious UFC debut.

‘First day on the job. Seriously overwhelmed with it all currently, I see all the messages and support. Big post to come but for now I’ll enjoy the best night of my life,’ she posted.

O’Neill’s skill impressed those watching on, with commentator and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping praising her combative style.

‘She’s so aggressive. She went forward, she ate some of the best shots that Shana had, and the game plan to me was clear – she was looking to put her on her back,’ Bisping said.

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