Fighter Profile: Tracy Cortez

Cortez securing her win against Justine Kish. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images/UFC

After making quite the impression with her victory over Mariya Agapova on Dana White’s Contender Series. UFC Flyweight Tracy Cortez has a perfect record with the promotion winning her three fights with the organization. Cortez has quite the inspirational story and her perseverance just to get involved in MMA is amazing

Cortez was born December 10, 1993 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her parents were immigrants who worked hard her mother eventually became a US citizen. She was the only girl out of four children and wasn’t allowed to play any sports. Her brothers Wrestled and her brother fought MMA. Unfortunately her brother would pass away from cancer, at this point Cortez would start fighting MMA and this led her to end up fighting herself. This caused a rift in the family and her dad kicked her out. Her involvement in MMA turned her life around towards something positive. 

Cortez would compile a perfect 4-0 record in her amtature fights. This would lead her to go pro, she’d make her pro debut against Cheri Muraski at Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya vs. Pa’aluhi. Cortez would lose by Submission (guillotine choke.) She’d then face Roxanne Ceasear for World Fighting Federation 36 in November of 2017, she’d win by Unanimous Decision. Kaytlin Neil would be Cortez’s next opponent and Cortez would win via Submission. She’d win her next three fights compiling a pro record of 5-1. It was at this time that Cortez got the call to be on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Cortez made her big debut on The Contender Series in July of 2019 she’d win by Unanimous Decision. Cortez was now on the UFC roster and would make her UFC debut in November of 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré against Vanessa Melo. Cortez would win her bout against Melo via Unanimous Decision. She’d then face Stephanie Egger in October of 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen. Cortez would win by Unanimous Decision. She’d go on to face Justine Kish she’d win by Split Decision. Thus moving her MMA record to an impressive 9-1.

 It is not known who Cortez will face next but with her impressive skills her future is definitely bright. Cortez is definitely making her brother and mother proud.

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