UFC Glendale Results: Michelle Waterson Ends Losing Streak with Split Decision over Cortney Casey

The Karate Hottie is back

Tonight during UFC on Fox 29, the main card started off showcasing the only women’s strawweight bout of the evening with #7 ranked Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (15-6) and #10 ranked Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey (7-6). Both fighters coming off losses in their record took the octagon by storm inside the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona which happens to be the hometown of Casey.

The 1st round was a bit scrappy and it was clear Casey was very focused on her game plan during one of the toughest fights of her career thus far. Her overhands were connecting against Waterson’s face with fantastic timing; Not once, but twice with a left and a right. The round ended with Waterson having top control however before the sound of the bell she was quick to get back on her feet.

Waterson had a few leg kicks, which seemed what her corner wanted, but Casey wasn’t even budging to give enough space to make that happen during the 2nd round. There were constant clinches against the cage from both fighters which seemed like a back and forth battle, but Waterson was coming through with successful takedowns into round 3.

Given the best asset from the Arizona native to keep it on the feet, the numerous submission attempts didn’t seem to bother Waterson as she had an answer for all of them. Whether it was a heel hook or an armbar, it wasn’t working.

The worry that Casey had a longer stature compared to Waterson inside the 115 lb division, it seemed to not work in the fight; Which ended up leaving Casey racing against time.

In the end, Jackson Wink MMA should be very proud because Waterson got the victory of a very close split decision with a score of 29-28 given from the judges.

Her losing fight streak has officially ended.

“You know it’s MMA, you have to be able to adapt.” -Michelle Waterson (octagon post victory interview)




It seems like Waterson is back and ready for whatever is thrown at her from this point on. The motivation has never been lost and remains an inspiration inside the very tough division. She recently has wins over Paige VanZant, Angela Magana, and now Cortney Casey. The future seems bright from here and us fans can’t wait to see what is next.

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