There is a first time for everything – UFC Fight Night 72, “Jo Jo” vs “Cast Iron”

First time in UFC for Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey-Sanchez

Casey-Sanchez came into the picture very late. She was informed 10 days prior to the match the possibility of replacing Bec Rawlings in her bout against Joanne Calderwood. Her position as the replacement fighter was only confirmed 8 days prior. Casey-Sanchez had a whirlwind start to her professional carrier and is on a 3 match winning streak of 1st round TKO and submissions. While she only has 5 professional matches in her resume, 4 out of those fights were very efficient wins and she is complete with also 6 wins out of her 8 amateur fights. In total, she will be her 14th cage fight in the last 5 years.

Little is known about Casey-Sanchez, even Calderwood admitted that she knew next to nothing about her new opponent in this coming match. It does appear that Casey-Sanchez has a strong background of Brazilian Jujitsu, not simply from her track record of winning via submission. Her team’s name is Sanchez BJJ and she trains out of Hawaii, a state where grappling is comparatively popular as compared to striking. This will make a very interesting match for Calderwood who came from a Muay Thai Background and was expecting to meet Bec Rawlings who is in general an all rounded MMA fighter.

Chingyin Ng, originally from Singapore had lived in London, UK and is now based in Melbourne Australia. She had trained extensively in a variety of martial arts including Muay Thai and Boxing. As MMA gains popularity in Australia and Asia, Chingyin follows all news and progress with enthusiasm and with her unique and bilingual background she is able to provide a different perspective.