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A couple of rising Flyweight’s square off, as Tracy Cortez takes on Melissa Gatto. Currently on a nine-fight win streak and undefeated in the UFC, Cortez will look to continue her climb up the division. Currently unranked, that will likely change if Cortez can notch another win here. Meanwhile, Gatto returns to the octagon for her third fight in less than a year. Undefeated and coming off back-to-back stoppage victories in the UFC, Gatto is starting to establish herself as a fighter to watch in the Women’s Flyweight division.
As for a prediction, I have Gatto winning. While Cortez has been on some run, and has yet to taste defeat in the UFC, this is stylistically her toughest fight. As someone who isn’t a striker and has been reliant on wrestling to win fights, Cortez is going to have her hands full fending off the grappling and submission abilities of Gatto. Not exactly sharp on the feet, Gatto has been evolving in her standup. She still lacks the necessary technique, but makes up for it with aggression and a willingness to brawl. To be the first to stop Sijara Eubanks with that perfectly executed body kick up the middle is truly a sign of improvement. So with all that said, I predict that Gatto will win this fight via submission.