Quarantine was hard,” Tracy Cortez says frankly.
“I struggled because I’m someone who likes to stay in a routine. So trying to find a routine every day, knowing that every day is going to be different, was extremely hard. Training during quarantine has been hard, especially because I haven’t had all the right training partners. But I’ve been very blessed with the very few I do have. I got through it and here we are now.”
“I was really expecting [this fight] to be in my backyard, in Vegas,” the Arizonan laughs. “But due to everything going on, the fact that I’m still able to fight is a huge blessing for me. The fact that the UFC was able to get all of this put together just for us fighters to still compete is amazing. Honestly.”
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The blessings weren’t without their challenges, of course. Layoffs, pandemic and jet lag were compounded by a last-minute change when original opponent Bea Malecki was forced to withdraw.
“I haven’t been able to adjust much just because I haven’t had a lot of notice, just like her. It’s been about a week and a half or two weeks. Getting ready for my original opponent to this one…it’s just two different people and two different styles. So, at this point, I really have to go in there and fight my fight.”