DWCS 2019 Week 6 Breakdown and Predictions

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Tracy Cortez Contender Series DWCS
Tracy Cortez Credit: Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Flyweight: Mariya Agapova vs. Tracy Cortez

Tale of the Tape

Mariya Agapova
21-years-old
5’6″
Kazakhstan, Pavlodar
Akhmat Fight Club Kazakhstan
6-0

Tracy Cortez
25-years-old
5’5″
67″ Reach
Scottsdale, Arizona
Fight Ready
5-1

Pros and Cons

Mariya Agapova

Pros

  • Good ground-and-pound
  • Solid BJJ
  • Good off her back

Cons

  • Lazy/single kicks
  • Takedown defense needs some work

Tracy Cortez

Pros

  • Good output
  • A lot of pressure
  • Good chain wrestling
  • Always working

Cons

  • Pace slows a bit as fight goes on
  • Loses position often

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Cortez
Speed: Cortez
Knockout Power: Neither
Chin: Cortez
Kickboxing: Agapova
Footwork: Cortez
Wrestling: Cortez
Grappling: Agapova
Submissions: Agapova
Cardio: Even

Prediction

This is a good fight and one in which I think both fighters deserve to be in the UFC. Both have improved into much better well-rounded fighters from where they were at the beginning of their career. Cortez should be the better striker as she’s more technical. Agapova will want the fight on the mat but her wrestling is not where it needs to be and Cortez is no slouch there as well. The pick is Cortez because she has more ways to win and her constant work will be a difference.

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