- Roxanne Modafferi has opened as the betting underdog against Casey O’Neill.
- According to Modafferi, the bout will be the last of her 18-year MMA career.
- The undefeated O’Neill is betting favorite for the third time in four bouts.
Roxanne Modafferi won’t be riding into the sunset with a “W”. Thats’ because the best UFC betting sites have listed her as a sizeable +210 betting underdog in her final MMA fight.
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) January 11, 2022
Modafferi has opened as the +210 bottom dog in her UFC 271 bout against Casey O’Neill. O’Neill meanwhile, hit the betting boards as the -250 betting favorite to spoil Modaferri’s farewell bout.
My Last MMA Fight
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 4, 2021
It can be recalled that the 39-year old Modaferri announced last November that her upcoming bout with O’Neill would be the final fight of her MMA career. The “Happy Warrior” began her career in Japan way back in 2003 and she’s made appearances in top promotions like Strikeforce, Cage Warriors, and Invicta FC before coming over to the UFC in 2017.
Although she’s never won a major title, Modaferri has challenged for the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title, Invicta FC flyweight championship, and the UFC women’s flyweight belt. Modafferi however, has posted just a 4-6 record in the UFC and has lost three out of her last four bouts including her past two against Viviane Araujo and Talia Santos. Overall, she has a record of 25-19 with four knockouts and five submission wins.
Modafferi has never seen the minus money sign next to her name inside the UFC Octagon so being at +210 against O’Neill isn’t something new to her. She is also no stranger to upsetting highly touted prospects like O’Neill. Modafferi was a +270 underdog when she beat Antonina Shevchenko and an even bigger +650 bottom dog when she upset Maycee Barber, dealing both fighters their first UFC losses.
Casey O’Neill Finishes Antonina Shevchenko
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 2, 2021
The 15th ranked O’Neill extended her unbeaten streak to 8 with a vicious ground and pound finish of Antonina Shevchenko at UFC Vegas 38 last October 2nd. The 24-year old Scottish-Australian mixed martial artist was the UFC’s 2021 Newcomer of the Year after opening her UFC career with consecutive finishes of Shana Dobson, Lara Procopio, and the older Shevchenko sister.
O’Neill started her career in Australia where she won the Eternal MMA strawweight championship in her MMA debut. She went on to defend the title successfully two times before moving up in weight in her fourth professional fight. After a one-bout stint at the UAE Warriors promotion, she got the call from the UFC and fought thrice last year. O’Neill has a record of 8-0 with three knockouts and two submission victories.
This marks the third time in four UFC bouts where O’Neill has opened as the betting favorite and her second shortest opening odds. O’Neill opened as the -300 betting favorite against Shevchenko and closed at -270. She was the +150 betting underdog when she fought Procopio last June. She won that bout via rear-naked choke, her second career win via submission.