UFC on ESPN+ 37 winner Tracy Cortez found out mid-fight she was facing jiu-jitsu black belt

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ABU DHABI – Tracy Cortez beat Stephanie Egger by unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 37.

Take a look inside the fight with Cortez, who returned to the cage for the first time in 11 months and emerged victorious.

Result: Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Updated records: Tracy Cortez(8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Stephanie Egger (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Cortez landed 66 total strikes to Egger’s 27.

Cortez on the fight’s key moment

“She up-kicked me, kind of threw me off balance a little bit. But I ended up on top.”

On her overall performance after nearly one year off

“I’m actually very happy with it, to be honest. Going in there I knew she was a judoka, but I didn’t know she was a black belt in jiu-sitsu. It kind of boosted my confidence a little bit knowing she couldn’t submit me. … Everything felt great. I went in there very confident. I just wish I performed a little bit better. I’m kind of hard on myself, and I wish I could’ve finished a few things, but it is what it is.”

Cortez on what she wants next

“Honestly I don’t know yet. I do know I want to get one more fight in before the year ends. That’s a big goal of mine, and if we’re able to get that done, you know, I’m in. As for the weight class, I’m not sure yet.”

To hear more from xxx, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/ufc-fight-island-5-tracy-cortez-didnt-know-opponent-black-belt

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