Tracy Cortez makes her highly-anticipated UFC debut at Saturday’s event in Sao Paulo when she takes on Vanessa Melo.
Cortez (6-1-0) is receiving a lot of hype ahead of the fight, thanks to an impressive appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series last July in which she picked up the unanimous decision win over Mariya Agapova to earn herself a UFC contract.
The 25-year-old trains out of Fight Ready MMA and with Neuro Force One in Phoenix, AZ with close friend and UFC double champ, Henry Cejudo. According to the UFC, the two became acquainted through Jose, who was high school wrestling teammates and best friends with Henry’s brother Angel.
Cortez discussed her upcoming UFC debut during a recent interview with the promotion.
“I’m really excited to make my debut. It’s a lot sooner than I anticipated, but I love challenges and I love that I can jump back into the Octagon right away,” Cortez said during a recent interview with the UFC. “The fact that I’m fighting on her home turf in Brazil, a big huge country, I’m excited to feel the crowd’s energy. I know I’ll feel it.”
“I feel like everything is still at stake because this is just the beginning,” she continued. “So, I really have to showcase my skills to show that I belong here.”
Cortez says that family is a priority to her and promises to show the MMA world who she is on Saturday.
“They’re always on my mind. My family is priority for me,” Cortez said. “I wish they could be here, but my family is the only thing that is on my mind when I’m walking to that cage.”
“I just want people to know who I am,” Cortez said with a smile. “People are going to know who Tracy Cortez is.”
UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place this Saturday November 16, 2019, from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The preliminary card featuring Tracy Cortez will be aired live on ESPN+ from 5pm EST.