Courtney Casey wants Cynthia Calvillo to emulate the Diaz brother attitude in their fight)

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After two split decision defeats in her Octagon outings, the previous August in 2018, finally saw Courtney Casey come away with a Split Decision win over Angela Hill. Now, heading into a fight against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Phoenix, Courtney Casey had a message for her opponent.

Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Cortney Casey reacts after defeating Cristina Stanciu (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Casey has not had the best luck in the Octagon in past outings. Twice, back to back, she ended up on the wrong sides of Split Decisions — decisions which she felt had been rightfully hers. Having the confidence of a win ahead of her fight against Cynthia Calvillo at Phoenix, she had very specific hopes heading into her fight.

“Hopefully she doesn’t do a lay and pray kind of game. I would like her to have that ‘Diaz’ attitude and try to stand and bang with me and walk the walk and talk the talk and not try to outpoint me. I feel like a lot of fighters do that and they come and face me and their whole game plan changes. They want to be safe and hopefully I don’t get that out of Calvillo. Hopefully I get a nice, strong fight out of her, but sometimes they like to play it safe because I am a bigger and stronger fighter, and some of them just don’t like to get hit.”

Casey talked about hoping for a fight against Calvillo where the two would stand and exchange blows, clearly displaying her preference for a striking offence.

Whether Calvillo obliges, remains to be seen.

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