Tracy Cortez prioritizes mental health following UFC Orlando withdrawal. “Not fighting has kinda left me feeling a little lost.”


Tracy Cortez is putting herself first before resuming her UFC career.

On Monday, the fast-rising flyweight (currently 4-0 in the UFC) provided an update on her health after she was forced to withdraw from a fight with Amanda Ribas at UFC Orlando on Dec. 3. Officially, the withdrawal was announced to be due to a medical problem. However, neither Cortez or the UFC provided any additional information.

Cortez addressed the situation on Instagram via a post and through Instagram Stories.

“I’m sorry I have been MIA on social media after my fight,” Cortez said in a caption. “I’m gonna be as honest as I can be. I am currently at a point in my life that I have just been experiencing it mentally and physically.

“I want to say I haven’t been in the right head space since sometime in August. Life has been testing me under circumstances that I least expected. While I am currently in healing mode, I have prioritized my mental health. I just take it one day at a.

Cortez logged one UFC appearance in 2022, defeating Melissa Gatto by unanimous decision this past May to maintain her unbeaten UFC record and win her 10th straight fight overall.

She did not provide a timetable for a potential return, writing, “In all honestly I don’t know BUT I will be back, strong, and with a purpose far greater then I’ve ever had before. I don’t quit. Never have I given up. I am a fighter. I’m a warrior. Since I was a child, I have been fighting for my life and the battles that surround it. This is another phase of life in which I am determined to win. I don’t and wait for the storm to pass, I walk through it with my head high.”

Later in an Instagram Stories video, Cortez stated that she was “extremely depressed” during her camp and that UFC Orlando forced her to withdraw “broke my .”


The 29-year-old reiterated that for now her focus is on taking care of herself, particularly her mental health.

“We give everything that we possibly can and we leave it all, every ounce of us in every session,” Cortez said. “I feel like training camp takes a toll on me and I think every fighter can to a certain level relate spiritually, physically obviously, mentally, it takes a toll on us. It was exhausting and I feel a bit lost.

“I’m okay, I keep myself healthy, and make my mental, mental, and physical health a priority .”