June 18, 2021 2:44 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Lara Procopio vs Casey O’Neill at UFC Vegas 29

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LARA PROCOPIO VS CASEY O’NEILL FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 29? Sunday 20th June, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 29? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 29? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 29 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 29? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

LARA PROCOPIO VS CASEY O’NEILL LOWDOWN

Lara Procopio (7-1) returns to the APEX fresh off her unanimous decision win over Molly McCann. It was a huge win for her after not fighting since August 2019 where she lost her UFC debut. She was left to stew on that split decision loss to Karol Rosa for a long time and dropped down to flyweight on her return but dominated McCann with her grappling securing seven takedowns and controlled the whole fight with nearly 12 minutes of control time.

Casey O’Neil (6-0) made her debut in February, and it could not have gone better. After winning her first four fights for the Eternal MMA promotion and knocking out Christina Stelliou for UAE Warriors, she got the call-up and mauled Shana Dobson with her grappling and putting her out of her misery in the second round with a TKO.

LARA PROCOPIO VS CASEY O’NEILL PREDICTION

This is an interesting match-up between two grappling machines. Despite defending an armbar, Procopio spent most her last fight in top position, but O’Neill will not settle there and if she does land on her back, she will be aggressive with submission attempts.

That said, we can expect O’Neill to shoot in with her own takedown where she will try and pounce on the Brazilian’s back. We can expect a lot of scrambles as they both try and attain a dominant position which will also create time on the feet as they reset.

O’Neill will have a slight height and reach advantage and we expect her striking to have improved. She is only 23 years-old and we can easily see her bring a completely new and updated version of herself. Procopio will be a huge test and is the favourite for a reason and her power could earn herself enough control to steal a decision, but we have a feeling the underdog will prove to be the value bet.

Prediction: O’Neill via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: O’Neill via Decision

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