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Casey O’Neill Happy to Play the Bad Guy

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Casey O’Neill says she felt disrespected in the lead-up to her UFC 271 bout against Roxanne Modafferi

When the fight was first announced, Modafferi confirmed that the bout would be her last. As a result, most of the attention leading up to the event was focused on ‘The Happy Warrior’ and her contributions to women’s mixed martial arts.

Despite her undefeated record and status as the heavy betting favorite, O’Neill (9-0, 4-0 UFC) was paid little attention and let it be known during the post-fight press conference on Saturday night.

“I felt like nobody was giving me any respect or asking me anything about myself,” O’Neill told reporters at the UFC 271 post-fight press conference. “It was all about the retirement. To be honest, the retirement wasn’t happening until after the fight, so I felt like it was a little bit premature to just be talking about that.

“I wanted to talk about myself and what I’ve been doing, my gameplan and everything, and I just felt like I was sort of being brushed over, and it was a little bit disrespectful, so I was just trying to make my point to get some respect, as well.”

In the end, O’Neill extended her undefeated streak to nine with a split-decision victory; a decision that was met with confusion from fight fans and the UFC 271 commentary team considering O’Neill outstruck Modafferri 230 to 148 over the 15 minute affair.

Following the announcement, O’Neill was met with a series of boos from the crowd. ‘King’ Casey rolled with it and accepted the role the crowd assigned to her.

“If you want me to be the bad guy then f*ck you, I’ll be the f*cking bad guy,” O’Neill yelled to the crowd. 

O’Neill elaborated on accepting the villain’s role at UFC 271 amid the lack of respect from the live crowd. 

“Listen, Roxanne is liked by everybody, so of course I’m gonna get booed,” O’Neill said. “I’m also not American and I’m fighting in America to be understood, but I feel like I deserved a little bit more respect than that. That was kind of sh*t, but it is what it is. At the end of the day, they’re buying tickets, and they’re watching me, so you’re paying me whether you like me or you don’t, so whatever you want to do, I don’t care.”

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