Victory Via Spray Tan? Sounds ridiculous right? Well, that is the claim that then XFC female fighter Cortney Casey is making about her loss to Pearl Gonzalez. See the article and video from Axis TV’s, Inside MMA with Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten.
Cortney Casey is appealing her recent title loss at XFC 26. The reason? Opponent Pearl Gonzalez‘s spray tan.
Casey (1-1) suffered a third-round submission loss in the Oct. 18 title fight, which awarded Gonzalez (2-1) the organization’s inaugural women’s flyweight title. Casey believes her opponent’s spray tan made her slippery and was essentially a banned substance since the Unified Rules of MMA prohibit grease or any foreign substances on a fighter’s face or body.
While it may be easy to dismiss Casey’s claim as sour grapes, check out photos of her fight-night clothing, which AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” included in their recent report. The piece, appropriately dubbed the “WTF Moment of the Week,” can be watched above and includes Casey’s heavily stained shorts and top.
The tan wasn’t the only issue in the title fight. Casey also suffered a painful groin shot in the bout.
“I want a rematch, and I think it’d be a great fight,” Casey said. “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.”
The Tennessee Athletic Commission is currently reviewing her appeal.