Tracy Cortez returned for her second UFC fight on Saturday, facing short-notice opponent Stephanie Egger. The bantamweight fight went like this.
Bout 2: Tracy Cortez (7-1) vs. Stephanie Egger (5-1) (Bantamweight)
Cortez caught a leg kick in the second round, attempting a takedown from a clinch. Egger was able to resist the attempt. Cortez dropped Egger with a right hand in the second minute of the fight. Back on the feet, Cortez scored a takedown from the clinch after evading a combo of punches from Egger. Cortez moved onto the back of Egger after Egger attempted an armbar from the bottom. Egger was able to flip around and take full guard. Cortez was quick to get to the feet after losing the back of Egger. Egger threw a hip toss in the final seconds of the round, although Cortez was able to move into full guard on top before the round ran out of time.
Cortez was able to land a takedown in the first 30 seconds of the second round, moving into half guard on the way down. Cortez landed punches to the head from the position. Cortez moved into full guard, landing some punches from the position. Egger stunned Cortez with an upkick. Egger got on the back of Cortez for a moment after, although she was put on her back after with Cortez in full guard again. Cortez got on the back of Egger with half of the round left. She kept the position for the rest of the round, throwing punches and threatening a rear naked choke.
Egger was able to land a double leg takedown early in the third round, although Cortez returned to the feet within seconds. Egger failed to throw Cortez in the third minute, slipping and falling to her knees in the process. Cortez capitalized on the slip, getting on the back of Egger. Egger worked up to her feet and landed a judo throw, although Cortez immediately got on her back again. Back to the feet, Cortez scored a double leg takedown with two minutes left. Cortez got on the back of Egger before the round ran out of time. Cortez won on all three scorecards after three rounds (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
RESULT: Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger via Decision, Unanimous
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