Casey O’Neill will likely miss the rest of 2022.
The top flyweight prospect announced Thursday that she was forced to pull out of her scheduled UFC 276 fight against Jessica Eye after suffering a torn ACL in training.
“I’ve spent the last 7 days trying to keep going but it’s just not possible with a completely torn ACL,” O’Neill wrote on Instagram. “I’m going to have surgery, recover and be back better than ever before you know it.”
The news represents a difficult turn of events for O’Neill (9-0), who won MMA Fighting’s inaugural Rookie of the Year award for his 3-0 start to his UFC career in 2021.” King” followed that up by defeating Roxanne Modafferi by split decision in February at UFC 271, a bout that also served as Modafferi’s retirement bout. O’Neill, 24, is currently the No. 11 ranked flyweight talent on the MMA Fighting World Rankings.
UFC 276 takes place July 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event is expected to headline the UFC’s annual International Fight Week festivities.
O’Neill’s full statement can be read below.
“Unfortunately I have to announce that I have to withdraw from my next fight on July 2nd due to my ACL ruptured last week in training.
“I’ve spent the last 7 days trying to keep going but it’s just not possible with a completely torn ACL. I’m going to have surgery, recover and be back better than ever before you know it. .
“I’m so sad that I can’t play for you guys, I’m so sad that I can’t fight but I’m excited to get healthy and rebuild. Thank you @ufc @danawhite @mickmaynard2 @heatherlinden @drtera @ufcpi for always taking care of me
“I’m 24 and young in this game. I promise you I’ll come back better than before and the king still comes for his crown. I love you guys, thanks for the support”