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Cortney Casey’s complex process to stepping in against Angela Hill? ‘They called and I said yes’


LINCOLN, Neb. – As Cortney Casey will tell you, she’s had somewhat of a “rough stint” in the UFC when it comes to her dealings with local athletic commissions and cageside judges.

First, there was the situation with the Brazilian Athletic Commission, which accused her of taking advantage of an illegal kick by Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 100. Then, she was falsely incriminated with a failed a doping test after a win over Jessica Aguilar, in a dragged-out situation that prompted the UFC publicly admonish the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations’ conduct.

Then there were the recent razor-thin split decisions that didn’t go her way, against Felice Herrig and Michelle Waterson.

So, yeah, “rough” is one way of putting it. But, as she heads into a UFC Fight Night 135 strrawweight meeting with Angela Hill (8-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC), Casey (7-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) says it hasn’t been enough to deter her or take away from the passion she still feels for the sport.

“Those are things I can’t control, commissions and judges and stuff like that,” Casey told reporters, including MMAjunkie, on Thursday. “What I can control is me growing as a martial artist and the fight and stuff like that. And that’s the part that I enjoy.”

As far as making adjustments to ensure things go her way with the judges goes, Casey says the strategy hasn’t changed: It’s still, as it’s always been, about trying to get a finish at all times. After all, we’re all familiar with the mantra as far as those things go.

“Just don’t let it go to the judges, I guess,” Casey said. “You know what they say. That’s the best way to fix it, and unfortunately I haven’t been able to do that yet.”

Casey’s reasoning for stepping in on short-notice for Alexa Grasso to meet Hill in the FS1-televised main card of Saturday’s event at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., was the same one that’s lead her to take these types of calls in the past: “They called, and I said yes.”

As long as she can safely make the weight cut and her team says she’s good to go, Casey says, she’s game. That’s allowed her to keep a somewhat active pace that she intends to maintain, hopefully by getting a win on Saturday and another fight before year’s end.

And that pretty much encapsulates what Casey is about and wants to accomplish in the near future.

“Just fighting as much as possible, really,” Casey said.

To hear more from Casey’s chat with MMAjunkie, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 135, check out the UFC Rumorssection of the site.

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