Cortney Casey

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Cortney Ann Casey
BornCortney Ann Casey
(1987-05-05) May 5, 1987 (age 31)
Mesa, Arizona, United States
Other namesCast Iron
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision2
By submission1
By decision6
UniversityUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cortney Casey (born 5 May 1987) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Strawweight division. She is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[2] As of February 1, 2019, she is #13 in the official UFC strawweight rankings.[3]


Casey is of Mexican descent.[4] A former Division I soccer player at the University of Texas at El Paso, Casey began training MMA in 2009 after her soccer career was cut short due to an injury. She began her amateur career in 2012, and her professional career a year later.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Casey made her amateur debut in 2012, losing a split decision to future UFC Strawweight Emily Kagan. Casey then went on a four fight win streak, earning three wins by armbar and capturing the Tuff-N-Uff Flyweight title in the process and defending it once.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Casey made her professional debut in 2013 defeating Kelly Warren by rear naked choke.

Casey was then submitted by Pearl Gonzalez by armbar in her second fight.

After the loss Casey signed with the Middle Eastern promotion PXC before going on a three fight win streak, finishing all of her opponents.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 18, 2015, Casey debuted in the UFC to face The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned contestant Joanne Calderwood, at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites, replacing the injured Bec Rawlings. After winning round one, Casey was outpointed by Calderwood in the next two rounds and lost a unanimous decision. Despite the loss, she was awarded a "Fight of the Night" bonus award.[5]

Casey next faced Seo Hee Ham at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal on November 28, 2015. Again Casey lost a unanimous decision, but was awarded "Fight of the Night".[6]

Casey faced Cristina Stanciu at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker on July 13, 2016. She earned her first UFC win by defeating Stanciu by TKO in the first round.

Casey next faced Randa Markos at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016. Casey caught Markos in an armbar, to which she verbally submitted, giving Casey back-to-back UFC wins.

Casey next faced Cláudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2. She lost the fight by unanimous decision. During the third round there was controversy that Gadelha landed an illegal kick on Casey while the latter was on the ground. Howeer but it was not deemed intentional by the referee and no point was deducted. A replay showed that the kick likely didn't hit Casey and caught her hair instead. This led to people believing that Casey was trying to play up the kick and get a disqualification win.[7]

Casey then faced Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017.[8] She won the fight via unanimous decision. However, the result of the fight was overturned to a No Contest and Casey was suspended for three months by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after an in-competition sample provided by Casey was found to have an elevated testosterone to epi-testosterone ratio. Several experts questioned the findings [9][10] and in June 2017 she was exonerated by the UFC after follow up testing showed no evidence of doping.[11] On June 29 the UFC issued a strongly worded statement requesting that "the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) immediately reverse its ruling and exonerate Cortney of any wrongdoing".[12] In turn, on June 30, the TDLR lifted Casey's three-month suspension and gave back her victory, which had earlier overturned to a no contest.[13]

Casey faced Felice Herrig on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[14] She lost the bout via split decision.[15]

Casey fought against Michelle Waterson at UFC on Fox 29 in Glendale, AZ on April 14. Cortney lost the fight via split decision[16]

Casey faced Angela Hill on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135.[17] She won the fight via split decision.[18]

Casey next faced Cynthia Calvillo on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[19] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–7 Cynthia Calvillo Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez February 17, 2019 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 8–6 Angela Hill Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick August 25, 2018 3 5:00 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Loss 7–6 Michelle Waterson Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Loss 7–5 Felice Herrig Decision (split) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 5:00 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 7–4 Jessica Aguilar Decision (unanimous) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 6–4 Cláudia Gadelha Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–3 Randa Markos Verbal Submission (armbar) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 1 4:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–3 Cristina Stanciu TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 1 2:36 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss 4–3 Seo Hee Ham Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal November 28, 2015 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea Fight of the Night.
Loss 4–2 Joanne Calderwood Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites July 18, 2015 3 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland Fight of the Night.
Win 4–1 Helen Harper TKO (knee) Pacific Xtreme Combat 47 March 13, 2015 1 3:42 Mangilao, Guam
Win 3–1 Gina Iniong Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 46 November 15, 2014 1 4:49 Manila, Philippines Catchweight (110 lbs) bout.
Win 2–1 Tomo Maesawa TKO (corner stoppage) Pacific Xtreme Combat 44 June 27, 2014 1 0:39 Mangilao, Guam Strawweight debut.
Loss 1–1 Pearl Gonzalez Submission (armbar) XFC 26: Night of Champions 3 October 18, 2013 3 4:43 Nashville, Tennessee, United States For the vacant XFC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Kelly Warren Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC 24: Collision Course June 14, 2013 1 3:33 Tampa, Florida, United States Flyweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paarth Pande (February 13, 2017). "In conversation with UFC's Cortney 'Cast Iron' Casey". Pro MMA Now.
  2. ^ "Cortney Casey - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. ^ Casey, Cortney. "I'm mexican so nothing resist about my comment. It was a complement in hopes to put on a good war for the fans".
  5. ^ "UFC Fight Night Glasgow bonuses". Sherdog. 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  6. ^ "UFC Fight Night Seoul Bonuses". Sherdog. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  7. ^ "Cortney Casey addresses controversial kick". 23 November 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  8. ^ "UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  9. ^ "Understanding the Cortney Casey Failed Test and Her Suspension - MMA Today". 27 May 2017.
  10. ^ "UFC's Casey 'fails' Texas drug test that wouldn't be a fail under USADA".
  11. ^ "UFC says Cortney Casey has been exonerated in doping case, but Texas sanctions remain".
  12. ^ "UFC Statement on Cortney Casey".
  13. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-06-30). "Texas lifts sanctions from Cortney Casey in controversial doping case". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  14. ^ "Felice Herrig announces UFC 218 bout vs. Cortney Casey in Detroit". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  15. ^ Anderson, Jay (2017-12-02). "UFC 218 Results: Felice Herrig Makes it Four in a Row with Win Over Cortney Casey". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  16. ^ "Michelle Waterson vs. Cortney Casey at UFC Glendale, Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns at UFC Atlantic City Official |". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  17. ^ "Update: Cortney Casey in for Alexa Grasso against Angela Hill at UFC Lincoln". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  18. ^ "UFC Fight Night 135 results: Cortney Casey takes split decision from Angela Hill". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  19. ^ "Multiple UFC 233 fights get new dates, locations after Jan. 26 card scratched". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  20. ^ "UFC on ESPN 1 results: Cynthia Calvillo outpoints Cortney Casey in tedious affair". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  21. ^ "Cortney". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-13.

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