Women’s mixed martial artist Cortney Casey suffered a loss when she faced off against Pearl Gonzalez at XFC 26 for the promotion’s inaugural women’s flyweight title, but Casey believes there were some shenanigans in play and she has filed an appeal.
What was the unfair advantage that Casey thought her opponent had? Well, it was Gonzalez’s spray tan.
Before you laugh it off, Casey says that the spray tan and tanning oil made Gonzalez slippery to the point that she could not keep ahold of her. Unified Rules of MMA prohibit grease or any foreign substances on a fighter’s face or body, so Casey could be on to something.
After the fight, Casey showed a picture of her fight shorts that were stained with a brownish orange color, that came from Gonzalez’s skin as the two grappled.
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Casey would like a rematch regardless of how her appeal goes after the Tennessee Athletic Commission review.
“I want a rematch, and I think it’d be a great fight,” Casey said, via MMA Junkie. “We did three rounds of amazing work, and it was a great show, and it was a great fight. But I can’t live with the fact that someone had a banned substance on them and that I couldn’t implement my game plan because of that substance.
“I just want to have a fair fight. And like I said, I wasn’t able to do what I needed to do as a submission fighter because of the tanning oil.”
What do you think of the appeal? Could tanning oil actually have given Gonzalez an unfair advantage or is this all just sour grapes from Casey? Sound off in the comments section below.