Michelle Waterson vs. Courtney Casey Added to UFC on Fox 29 in Glendale

A women’s strawweight matchup between Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (14-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Courtney “Cast Iron” Casey (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) joins a growing list of fights scheduled for UFC on FOX 29 from Glendale, Arizona. First reported by Azcentral Sports, the matchup features two top-15 women’s strawweight contenders.

Waterson (#7) is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Since joining the UFC, Waterson has faced some of the top names at 115lbs. “The Karate Hottie” started off strong, finishing both Angela Magana and Paige VanZant, the latter in remarkably impressive fashion. After that, however, Waterson has experienced a two-fight losing streak at the hands of two incredibly tough opponents: now-champion Rose Namajunas and top contender Tecia Torres. Waterson will look to right the proverbial ship and enter the top five against Casey in what should be a great matchup.

Casey, an Arizona native, will fight on home soil for this matchup. Ranked twelfth in the divisional rankings, Casey has won three out of her last five. Her only losses during that span came to two-time title challenger Claudia Gadelha and (#8) Felice Herrig. Casey is known for being as tough as they come, and she’s only been finished once. The MMA Lab product will aim to put that toughness on display against Waterson in her quest to reach title contention.

With a combined eighteen finishes, it is very likely that this matchup of contenders results in an exciting, technical contest. The winner could make a strong case for entry into the top fifteen, or at least solidify a place in the top ten.

The UFC on FOX 29 card now includes:

  • Michelle Waterson vs. Courtney Casey
  • Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Brad Tavares vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Luke Sanders vs. Patrick Williams
  • Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Tim Boetsch
  • Yushin Okami vs. Dhiego Lima
  • Wilson Reis vs. John Moraga
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown

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