Shortly after UFC Orlando weigh-ins on Friday, it was announced that Tracy Cortez was pulled from her fight after not being medically cleared to compete. On the scales, she looked fine and upbeat leading fans to wonder what exactly deemed her unable to fight on Saturday.
Now, she’s addressing those questions … sort of.
“First & foremost I want to thank every single one of you that sent me sweet, heartfelt messages,” Cortez wrote. “Honestly, means the world to me. It’s so easy to be negative & think the worst in a situation like mine this weekend & I’m just grateful to have fans that are so supporting! So, thank you!
“With that being said, I, myself did NOT pull out of my fight this past weekend. I was pulled by the (Florida) state commission & doctors. I did talk to my opponent & I wanna thank Amanda for being so understanding & respectful of the situation. I worked extremely hard for this fight & was in disbelief myself when (doctors) told me I wasn’t cleared. This is a private matter & will update you all when the time is right. I ask to (please) respect my privacy & to those who support, my day 1’s, know that I’ll be back.”
Cortez is married to fellow UFC fighter Brian Ortega. She is coming off a unanimous decision win against Melissa Gatto at UFC 274.