Christina “Charis” Stelliou, 24, of Athens, Greece will make her UAE Warriors debut at “UAE Warriors 13” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 25, 2020. The Greek mixed martial artist will fight Casey “King” O’Neill, 22, of Queensland, Australia.
Managed by MTK Global MMA, Stelliou trains out of Hermes Club in Athens and at Spartakos Nikaias in Nikaia, Greece. She is sponsored by Athlon, Seven Hellas, Mary Ioannidou, Herbalife and Sports Physio Med.
“I consider myself really lucky for this opportunity in UAE Warriors,” Stelliou told Conan Daily. “I am 1000 percent focused in my fight, working on my advantages and disadvantages in Spartakos Nikaias and Hermes Club.”
Like most professional MMA fighters today, Stelliou still finds ways to continue her training amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She said, “Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging.”
“In the beginning it was nerve-wrecking but I had to adapt and I did,” the Greek MMA fighter continued. “I am being extra careful , avoiding public gatherings and I am focusing on my training.”
O’Neill was born in Scotland on October 7, 1997. She stands 5’6″ and competes in the flyweight division.
As an amateur fighter, O’Neill competed from July 2014 to February 2019. She had 5 wins and 2 losses.
As a professional MMA fighter, O’Neill is undefeated with four wins, which she all won in Eternal MMA. She will also make her UAE Warriors debut at “UAE Warriors 13.”
On the other hand, Stelliou had 1 win and 1 loss as an amateur and has 6 wins and 3 losses as a professional. She is currently riding a two-bout winning streak.
Out of Stelliou’s 6 professional wins, 4 were via technical knockout, 1 was via submission and 1 was via unanimous decision. She is a former Sanda champion.
When Stelliou made her professional MMA debut on January 18, 2015, she was submitted by her fellow Athens native Foteini Kromida. After going on hiatus in 2016, Stelliou made a successful comeback on February 25, 2017 at “Cage Survivor- New Blood 3” where she knocked out her fellow Greek MMA fighter Eleni Gathi.
In 2018, Stelliou defeated three opponents namely Nikolina Katic, 21, of Croatia, Marina Mihajlicin of Serbia and Vesela Rogaska, 20, of Bulgaria. In 2019, Stelliou defeated Zhang Meng of China and Anastazija Petrovic of Montenegro.