|Cortney Ann Casey|
Cortney Ann Casey|
May 5, 1987
Mesa, Arizona, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University 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. As of May 5, 2018, she is #10 in the UFC Strawweight rankings.
Casey is of Mexican descent. 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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Casey then faced Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017. 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  and in June 2017 she was exonerated by the UFC after follow up testing showed no evidence of doping. 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". 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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||7 wins||6 losses|
|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.|
- Paarth Pande (February 13, 2017). "In conversation with UFC's Cortney 'Cast Iron' Casey". Pro MMA Now.
- "Cortney Casey - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
- 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".
- "UFC Fight Night Glasgow bonuses". Sherdog. 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
- "UFC Fight Night Seoul Bonuses". Sherdog. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
- "Cortney Casey addresses controversial kick". 23 November 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- "UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
- "Understanding the Cortney Casey Failed Test and Her Suspension - MMA Today". 27 May 2017.
- "UFC's Casey 'fails' Texas drug test that wouldn't be a fail under USADA".
- "UFC says Cortney Casey has been exonerated in doping case, but Texas sanctions remain".
- "UFC Statement on Cortney Casey".
- Marc Raimondi (2017-06-30). "Texas lifts sanctions from Cortney Casey in controversial doping case". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- "Felice Herrig announces UFC 218 bout vs. Cortney Casey in Detroit". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- 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.
- "Michelle Waterson vs. Cortney Casey at UFC Glendale, Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns at UFC Atlantic City Official | Cagesidepress.com". www.cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- "Update: Cortney Casey in for Alexa Grasso against Angela Hill at UFC Lincoln". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-07-20.