Tracy Cortez to face Rose Namajunas in UFC Denver main event, Maycee Barber out

Tracy Cortez faces Rose Namajunas in a flyweight bout headlining UFC Fight Night

The UFC return to Denver, Colorado has reportedly one half of its main event changed, as Tracy Cortez replaced Maycee Barber in a scheduled bout against Rose Namajunas. The fight card airs live from Ball Arena on July 13. The contest is scheduled for five rounds at flyweight.

Cortez (11-1) makes her first Octagon appearance for the year and targets her 12th win in a row. The 30-year-old native of Phoenix, Arizona defeated Jasmine Jasudavicius by unanimous decision last time out in Sepmeber 2023.

Namajunas (12-6) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin fights for the second time in 2024. The 31-year-old former two-time strawweight champion got back in the win column in March, when she scored a UD against Amanda Ribas.

Barber withdrew due to an unknown reasons, as per MMA Mania. Cortez was scheduled to face Miranda Maverick a week later, on July 20 at UFC Vegas 94. Her planned fight against Namajunas was reported by MMA Fighting. The promotion is yet to make a formal announcement.

With the change, the current UFC Denver lineup looks as the following:

Main card

  • Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez, women’s flyweight
  • Mike Malott vs. Gilbert Urbina, welterweight
  • Drew Dober vs. TBA, lightweight
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Muslim Salikhov, welterweight
  • Gabriel Bonfim vs. Ange Loosa, welterweight

Preliminary card

  • Julian Erosa vs. Christian Rodriguez, featherweight
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Cody Brundage, middleweight
  • Viviane Araujo vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius, women’s flyweight
  • Luana Santos vs. Mariya Agapova, women’s flyweight
  • Josh Fremd vs. Andre Petroski, middleweight
  • Marquel Mederos vs. Nazim Sadykhov, lightweight
  • Gregory Rodriges vs. TBA, middleweight
Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a former Muay Thai fighter, sports manager and editor at FIGHTMAG.

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