Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC 218, one of the last few big pay-per-views of the year, and one of the last few chances for WME-IMG to recoup some of their investment in 2017. As such… we’ve got Alistair Overeem taking on Francis Ngannou! We’ve got former champ Eddie Alvarez taking on Justin Gaethje after they both just did a stint as TUF coaches! And you’ve got a main event featuring Max Holloway, ready to defend his championship belt against the man who took it from in Jose Aldo!

First up, Felice Herrig versus Cortney Casey.

Herrig has been in the fight game for a long time, and has pretty much pioneered the “sex sells” angle, but her skills have actually gotten to the level of her looks and now she’s riding a healthy win streak. Casey is a tall and lean striker who totally got hosed by the Texas athletic commission and their false drug test failure claims.

From the outset, it seems like Herrig is working at a deficit, as the duo stands in front of each other and trades and that’s Casey’s bread and butter. But Herrig doesn’t care about Casey’s apparent confidence and clear-cut reach advantage, and in every exchange, the little cosplayer winds up tagging Casey with a hook to the grill. At the end of the first round Herrig nails a takedown and earns some time in top position, but mostly this fight is about Herrig finding an opening for that one final hook at the end of every exchange.

When time runs out, it’s those hooks that make the difference on the scorecards.

 

Results: Felice Herrig def. Cortney Casey via Split Decision