The duo of Casey and Calvillo were originally supposed to meet at the now canned UFC 233 card, but Casey got a nice surprise when the bout was moved to her hometown of Phoenix.
“It really didn’t matter to me, but it was nice. At first I thought it was canceled altogether and we weren’t sure when we were going to fight, then Mick (Maynard) told me…he’s like ‘do you mind getting moved to Phoenix?’ I’m like ‘why do you keep asking me those silly questions?’ It’s good to be at home, I’m excited to be on the card. It’s a little weird that it’s on a Sunday, but we just made a few adjustments and we’re excited to go,” says Casey in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Multiple bouts from the postponed UFC 233 card were moved to UFC Fight Night Phoenix, including Casey vs. Calvillo, James Vick vs. Paul Felder, Kron Gracie vs. Alex Caceres and Emily Whitmire vs. Aleksandra Albu.
Casey was linked in the past to a fight with Mackenzie Dern and while she would fight Dern now, it is higher ranked opponents that interest the fighter more.
“Yeah, I mean I don’t mind fighting Mackenzie. I mean it’s a name, it’s a good name. But right now, I don’t think she has anything on the books either. If it comes up, it comes up…I’ll take it. I don’t turn down any fights, but I would definitely like a top ten fighter for sure,” says Casey.
UFC Fight Night Phoenix takes place on Sunday, February 17 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.