Veteran fighter Cortney Casey scored one of the biggest wins of her MMA career earlier tonight (Sat., May 16, 2020) at UFC on ESPN 8 live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., when she locked down a first-round submission (armbar) over flyweight mainstay Mara Romero Borella.
Borella was the more physical fighter out of the gate and ended up scoring a takedown along the cage. Casey fought well but was giving up valuable top time to her Italian counterpart. Out of nowhere, Casey was able to throw up a tight armbar attempt that had Borella in trouble. A few hammer fists from Casey softened up Borella’s defense and eventually forced the tap, which couldn’t come sooner as Borella started to scream in pain.
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With this performance, Casey makes good on her UFC flyweight debut and gets her first Octagon finish since a submission win over Randa Markos at UFC 202. The 33-year-old Casey will look to stay at 125 pounds moving forward as she attempts to win back-to-back fights for the first time since 2016.
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