Casey O’Neill’s patient progression stance is one more UFC prospects should follow

Casey O'Neill of Australia celebrates her TKO victory over Antonina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan in their women's flyweight bout during the UFC Fight...

Across the promotion’s four female weight classes, only four fighters – including an impressive flyweight still in her debut UFC year – are unbeaten with 3-0 records or better. The conscious decision to reject their fast-track route attempts speak to the 24-year-old’s desire for more well-rounded growth with time, something many rising stars before her skipped to their detriment.
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UFC 266: Volkanovski outlasts Ortega, retaining featherweight title in frenetic thriller

Brian Ortega and Alexander Volkanovski of Australia trade punches in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 266 event on September...

Alexander Volkanovski survived a R3 frenzy, where he was knocked down with a bullet left-hand and recovered from two tight submission manoevures before outlasting Brian Ortega (#2) via UD to retain his featherweight title: 49-46, 50-45, 50-44. Valentina Shevchenko made the sixth defence of her flyweight crown against Lauren Murphy, while there were other big winners too.
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UFC 266: Volkanovski-Ortega, Shevchenko-Murphy and Nick Diaz’s return on Sept. 25

Coach Alexander Volkanovski looks on backstage during the filming of the The Return of The Ultimate Fighter at UFC APEX on April 29, 2021 in Las...

After more than a 400-day absence, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defends his title vs. Brian Ortega (#2) at the UFC 266 PPV in September. Elsewhere, Lauren Murphy challenges Valentina Shevchenko for women’s flyweight gold, after Nick Diaz’s welcome return after a six-year hiatus to rematch Robbie Lawler, 17 years on from their first meeting. Continue reading

UFC 262: Viviane Araujo looking to do what Cynthia Calvillo couldn’t

Viviane Araujo of Brazil reacts after her victory over Roxanne Modafferi in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC...

At the midway point of this weekend’s UFC 262 card in Houston, #7 ranked women’s flyweight Viviane Araujo has a golden opportunity to do what Cynthia Calvillo (#5) couldn’t late last year – produce a statement display and beat former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (#2), putting her one step closer to a future title shot against dominant champion Valentina Shevchenko. Continue reading

UFC 255: Deiveson Figueiredo, Valentina Shevchenko with contrasting title defences

7 Takeaways From UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez

Deiveson Figueiredo wasted no time at all against Alex Perez (#4) to complete his first flyweight title defence within two minutes of their main event matchup, while Valentina Shevchenko showcased her wrestling en route to a UD win over a gamely Jennifer Maia in the night’s co-main. Elsewhere, there were wins for Brandon Moreno and Katlyn Chookagian, among others. Continue reading

UFC 255: Cynthia Calvillo under no illusions ahead of Katlyn Chookagian bout

UFC on ESPN 10's Cynthia Calvillo beats Jessica Eye | Las Vegas  Review-Journal

#4 ranked women’s flyweight contender Cynthia Calvillo is preparing for an intriguing matchup against Katlyn Chookagian (#2) this weekend. After her UD win over Jessica Eye back in June, she’s itching to continue climbing up the rankings with another impressive showing on PPV against a former title challenger on the same card as defending champ Valentina Shevchenko. Continue reading