Bec Rawlings Out of UFC Glasgow
Strawweights Joanne Calderwood (9-1) and Bec Rawlings (6-4) were set to meet at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 18, but late last night news broke that Rawlings was out, sidelined with an injury. Stepping in with only eight days’ notice is newly-signed strawweight Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey-Sanchez (4-1), fighting out of Hawaii.
— UFC United Kingdom (@UFC_UK) July 10, 2015
Calderwood and Rawlings had never fought one another in the cage, including during their stints in the TUF 20 house. But outside of the cage it’s been a different story. There’s no love lost between them, and tensions started on twitter even before the fight was formally announced, as Calderwood preemptively blocked Rawlings and the rest of the Scrapettes.
Rawlings posted about her injury late this morning:
— 'Rowdy' Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) July 10, 2015
Casey-Sanchez is a relative unknown to many MMA fans, and her professional career has been fought with Pacific Xtreme Combat, which is based out of Guam. She’s on a three-win streak, and her four wins have all been by first round subs or TKOs. Opponents have included Helen Harper, Gina Uniong, Tomo Maesawa, and Kelly Warren. Her one loss to Pearl Gonzales by armbar was controversial, as Gonzales was accused of using banned tanning oil on her body. She is also known for her amateur flying armbar win over Rachael Cummins at Tuff-N-Uff – Festibrawl.
This announcement explains Calderwood’s cryptic tweet the other day:
While it’s never a good thing to change opponents so close to your fight (as Conor McGregor knows right now), this news dispels the fear some in the MMAverse had that Calderwood was injured. Calderwood is currently 1-1 inside the Octagon after the loss to Moroz.
Welcome to Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey-Sanchez to the UFC’s strawweight roster, along with props for stepping in for Rawlings on such short notice.
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