UFC: Justine Kish vs. Tracy Cortez Planned for April 17

Tracy Cortez
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Flyweight action is the latest addition to the UFC’s April 17 card.

A women’s 125lb affair between Justine Kish and Tracy Cortez has been added to the card, Cageside Press confirmed on Tuesday. MMA Junkie was first to report the match-up.

Kish (7-3) joined the UFC in 2013 as part of The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned the UFC’s inaugural 115lb champion. An injury forced her off the show, but she made her promotional debut in 2015, going 2-2 inside the octagon through her first four fights. Struggles at the scale combined with the introduction of the women’s 125lb weight class saw her move to flyweight in January 2018. After missing all of 2019, Kish returned to action in 2020 after two years on the sidelines.

She would go 1-1 in 2020, earning a unanimous decision win against Lucie Pudilova, then finding herself submitted by Sabina Mazo this past September.

Cortez (8-1), a veteran of Invicta FC who won her way into the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series, is currently riding an eight-fight win streak. She’s won her first two trips to the octagon, against Vanessa Melo and Stephanie Egger. Both came in the bantamweight division, but prior to that, Cortez had competed as a flyweight.

No location or venue has officially been announced for the UFC’s April 17 card. The event, expected to be a Fight Night, features the following bouts:

Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Chase Sherman vs. Parker Porter
Justine Kish vs. Tracy Cortez