Two MMA champions outside the UFC will meet inside the Octagon as RFA Middleweight Champion, Kevin Casey (8-3), will take on Legacy FC Middleweight Champion, Bubba Bush (8-2), in the preliminary card of UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the departure of Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort from next month’s card, UFC 175 could use the boost.
This isn’t Kevin Casey’s first run in the world’s biggest MMA promotion.
The Rickson Gracie Black Belt was a competitor on the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter as a member of Team Sonnen after winning his qualifier to get into the house. He lost to Collin Hart in the quarter finals. However, Casey earned a spot in the Wildcard fight, only to lose to Bubba McDaniel. At the TUF 17 Finale, he suffered yet another defeat to Josh Samman.
Kevin Casey didn’t have the best run in his first as an Ultimate Fighter contestant.
Since then, he went on a three-fight winning streak after signing with RFA. In his last bout, he knocked out Andrew Sanchez in 2:30 of the first round to become the inaugural RFA Middleweight Champion. As a result, “King” earned himself another opportunity at the big show and a chance to redeem himself from the last time he was in the UFC.
Fellow middleweight champion, Bush, is also on a tear, riding a four-fight winning streak. “The Fightin’ Texas’ Aggie is coming off his second successful title defense, submitting Alfonso Gonzales in the first round. His original opponent for that title bout, Roger Narvaez, was called to the UFC as a replacement for Francimar Barroso to fight Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 42. Now Bush gets his turn to fight in the UFC, looking to have the same success as he did in Legacy FC.
Don’t be surprised if Casey and/or Bush earn bonuses by the end of the night. With both being champions and a majority of their wins come by finishes, this is bound to be a great fight for the fans come the Fourth of July long weekend.
Along with these two champions, UFC 175 is headlined by another middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, defending his title against one of Casey’s training partners at Black House MMA, Lyoto Machida. Also on the card, Ronda Rousey defends her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Alexis Davis. With all this star power on the card, it will most likely bring a plethora of attention to Casey vs. Bush.