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Tracy Cortez meets Rose Namajunas in the UFC Denver Main Event

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Rose Namajunas, the former UFC strawweight champion, will now face Tracy Cortez in place of Maycee Barber, who withdrew from the fight for unknown reasons. The main event of UFC Fight Night takes place on July 13, 2024 in Denver.

For unknown reasons, Maycee Barber has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled fight against Rose Namajunas. Tracy Cortez is expected to face Namajunas in her place in a flyweight bout at Ball Arena in Denver.

Barber’s circumstances are deplorable, but Cortez is the one who benefits, as she was originally supposed to compete against Miranda Maverick. Miranda shares her thoughts about this situation on her Facebook page.

She will now move up a week early and get the chance to face Namajunas, a former champion. Maverick, on the other hand, is expected to remain on the July 20 card as efforts to find a replacement opponent continue.

With a flawless 6-0 record inside the octagon, including wins over Melissa Gatto, Justine Kish and Jasmine Jasudavicius, the 30-year-old fighter remains undefeated in her UFC career. Prior to both contenders joining the UFC roster, she also earned a split-decision victory over highly regarded flyweight contender Erin Blanchfield.

When Cortez fights Namajunas in July, it will be a significant step forward in the competition as the former two-time strawweight champion looks to improve on her most recent win over Amanda Ribas, which came in her second 125-pound fight after being defeated by Manon Fiorot in her debut.

UFC Fight Night Denver (so far):

  • Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez
  • Mike Malott vs. Gilbert Urbina
  • Gabriel Bonfim vs Ange Loosea
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Luana Santos vs. Mariya Agapova
  • Viviane Araujo vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
  • Cody Brundage vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
  • Christian Rodriguez vs. Julian Erosa
  • Josh Fremd vs. Andre Petroski
  • Nazim Sadykhov vs. M. Mederos

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