Cortney Casey Takes on J.J. Aldrich at UFC Fight Night 187

By Jay Pettry and Tom Feely Feb 26, 2021

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A couple weeks before the card will happen, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has added a flyweight matchup.

On Thursday, the UFC added Cortney Casey (9-8) vs. J.J. Aldrich (8-4) to its lineup on UFC Fight Night 187. The flyweights will tangle at the March 13 fight card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, per the promotion’s release to cable television outlets. This will be Aldrich’s first appearance since before the pandemic.

Casey has alternated wins and losses in her last five, with losses to Michelle Waterson, Cynthia Calvillo and Gillian Robertson interspersed between victories over Angela Hill and Mara Romero Borella. Her last time out came in June 2020 against Gillian Robertson, where she fell victim to a late rear-naked choke with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. The stoppage loss was her first since 2013, when Pearl Gonzalez snagged an armbar on “Cast Iron.”

Like her opponent, Aldrich has struggled to find consistency in the flyweight division since her move up in 2019. Matched up against the then-surging Maycee Barber, Aldrich suffered her first career knockout loss in the second round. Although Aldrich bounced back with a decision over Lauren Mueller about seven months later, her last appearance saw her drop a split verdict to Sabina Mazo.

UFC Fight Night 187 has undergone its fair share of changes, and the March 13 event in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas now consists of Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad at welterweight. Drawing the co-main assignment is a light heavyweight clash between Misha Cirkunov and Ryan Spann. Adding to the main card is a featherweight tilt between Dan Ige and Gavin Tucker.

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