The UFC’s debut trip to Glendale, Ariz. is filling up fast.
A strawweight matchup between ranked contenders Michelle Waterson and Cortney Casey is the latest addition to UFC on FOX 29. The UFC confirmed the booking Thursday following an initial report by Arizona news outlet AZ Central.
Waterson (14-6) will look to rebound after losing both of her fights in 2017 at the hands of Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres, the former via second-round submission and the latter via unanimous decision. Nicknamed “The Karate Hottie,” Waterson is a popular former Invicta FC atomweight champion who began her UFC run by winning back-to-back fights via submission over Angela Magana and Paige VanZant.
Casey (7-5), likewise, will look to return to the win column after losing a hard-fought split decision to Felice Herrig in December. An Arizona native who trains at Glendale’s The MMA Lab, Casey picked up victories in three of her prior four fights before the Herrig setback, a run highlighted by wins over Jessica Aguilar and Randa Markos.
In addition, a bantamweight contest between two men with Arizona ties — The MMA Lab product Luke Sanders and former ASU wrestler Patrick Williams — has been scheduled for UFC on FOX 29. AZ Central first reported the booking.
Both men are 1-2 over their brief Octagon careers, with Sanders falling victim to a second-round submission at the hands of Andre Soukhamthath in his most recent outing and Williams suffering a second-round TKO loss to top prospect Tom Duquesnoy.
UFC on FOX 29 takes place April 14, 2018 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
An updated UFC on FOX 29 fight card can be seen below.
- Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
- Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
- Michelle Waterson vs. Cortney Casey
- Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
- John Moraga vs. Wilson Reis
- Dhiego Lima vs. Yushin Okami
- Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Tavares
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