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An intriguing Ultimate Fighting Championship prospect has her sophomore appearance on the books.
On Wednesday, Casey O'Neill (6-0) posted on her Instagram that her contract had been signed for her next appearance. At nearly the same time, her prospective foe, Lara Procopio (7-1) did the same. MMA Fighting then reported on Thursday that the two would be coming to blows at a UFC Fight Night event on June 19, which still does not yet have a destination or venue in place.
O’Neill made her triumphant debut in February, when she smashed Shana Dobson in the second round to improve her unbeaten record to six up and none down. The 23-year-old from Australia made her way to the promotion from four victories on her father’s Eternal MMA league, followed by a battering of Christina Stelliou at an Abu Dhabi Warriors card in September.
Brazil’s Procopio rebounded from her first career setback – an unexpectedly contentious split verdict defeat to Karol Rosa – by prevailing over Molly McCann in February. The Nova Uniao prospect returned to her proper division of flyweight to bully around McCann en route to a decision victory. Four of Procopio’s last five victories dating back to 2016 have come on the scorecards.
The UFC Fight Night event on June 19 does not have a location or arena set yet, nor does it have a headliner. A highly anticipated welterweight battle between Dhiego Lima and Matt Brown is placed on the event, along with a strawweight clash between Virna Jandiroba and Kanako Murata.