Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey returns to action at this Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 event to battle “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson.
Casey (7-5) is a big fan of her upcoming opponent and has the utmost respect for her, she detailed why she is so fond of Waterson during a recent chat with MMA Fighting.
“I’ve followed her for awhile,” Casey said. “I actually fought her old teammate Emily Kagan in the Jackson’s promotion, and I think it was her first fight back after she had her baby. So I fought on a card with her before, and I’ve always been impressed with her. And she’s a natural atomweight who did well in that division and is now in the strawweight division still doing well, so it’s cool to see the different levels she’s gone through, through Invicta and everything like that. And same for me. We all kinda started at the same time. She always had three, four, five fights ahead of me, but we kinda grew up in that same little era.
“I like Michelle a lot. We hung a little bit at the [UFC Athlete] Retreat, and then obviously in Detroit [at UFC 218] we talked after the fights. She’s sweet. I like her inside and outside the cage, so I’m happy this fight is happening. One of us is not going to come out the greatest, but at the end of the day, I think we’re going to be just fine. It’s just another good fight for us, and win, lose, or draw, I have respect for her and I know she feels the same way.”
UFC on Fox 29 takes place this Saturday April 14 from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, United States. The main card featuring Waterson vs. Casey will be aired live on FOX from 8pm ET.