Come May 7th, Tracy Cortez will return to the UFC octagon after a year-long layoff.
Cortez announced the fight last week via Twitter:
— Tracy Cortez Year (@TracyCortezmma) March 13, 2022
We have not seen the women’s flyweight prospect since April of last year when she defeated Justine Kish via split decision.
Cortez signed with the UFC following her 2019 Dana White’s Contender Series win over Mariya Agapova. Since then, she has gone undefeated in the UFC and holds a 9-1-0 record as a professional.
The 28-year-old will take on undefeated 26-year-old Melissa Gatto at UFC 274 on May 7th in Pheonix, Arizona.
Gatto is 8-0-2 as a professional and is riding a five-fight win streak. In her last outing, she defeated Sijara Eubanks by way of a vicious body kick.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 18, 2021
The two young prospects will face off on a stacked night of fights. As of now, the card is as follows:
Lightweight Title Main Event: Justin Gaethje vs. Charles Oliveira
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson.
Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon
Light Heavyweight: Ovince St. Preux vs. Mauricio Rua
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Khaos Williams
Women’s Featherweight: Macy Chiasson vs. Norma Dumont
Women’s Strawweight: Lupita Godinez vs. Ariane Carnelossi
Women’s Flyweight: Tracy Cortez vs. Melissa Gatto
Flyweight: C.J. Vergara vs. Kleydson Rodrigues
Bantamweight: Journey Newson vs. Fernie Garcia
Flyweight: Brandon Royval vs. Matt Schnell
Lightweight: Michael Johnson vs. Alan Patrick
Welterweight: Danny Roberts vs. Francisco Trinaldo
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.