Tracy Cortez Opens Up About Mental Health And Removal From UFC Orlando: ‘It Broke Me Down’
UFC Women’s Flyweight Tracy Cortez she is ranked No. 13 in the women’s 125-pound division and only fought once in 2022. She was expected to face Amanda Ribas at UFC Orlando on December 3. Shortly after officially weighing in, Cortez was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons. .
The fiancé of the No. 3 ranked featherweight contender brayan ortega He opened up about his mental health and his removal from UFC Orlando in a video posted on instagram.
“I know after my fight I’ve been a bit MIA here on social media… I’m going to be as honest as possible. I’m currently at a place in my life where I’ve been going through it, physically and mentally,” she said.
“I mean I haven’t been in the proper headspace since sometime in August. Life has been testing me in circumstances I least expected. I am currently healing myself, I am prioritizing my mental health! & just taking life one day at a time,” Cortez continued.
“I keep getting asked when I’m going to book another fight and I honestly don’t know BUT I’ll be back, stronger, better and with a much greater purpose than I’ve ever had before! ! I don’t give up. I’ve never been one to give up. I’m a fighter. I am a warrior! I have been fighting battles and life for as long as I can remember and this is just another stage in life where I will be victorious 🙏🏽✨ I don’t sit and wait for the storm to pass, I ride through it with my head held high!
“For anyone struggling with life right now, don’t give up. He takes life one day at a time. Believing that everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t understand it now or ever. Don’t lose hope 🤍 the sun always shines when the storm passes.
In another video, Cortez said she is “healing” and that being pulled from the UFC Orlando card “broke me.”
“So, I don’t even know how to start this video,” he said. “I want to be very vulnerable, but also, to a certain degree, because social media knows how to bring people down…
“I don’t know if you guys have noticed much, but I haven’t really been very active here on social media,” Cortez said. “And that is because I am in a stage, a season in my life in which I am healing. I’m healing and I’ve been going through it on a personal level. Yes, I have been healing, and accountability is a hard pill to swallow and many people cannot take responsibility for their actions.
“You know it’s always easy to find the easy way out, excuses, you know, and I’m changing everything I once thought I was,” he added. “I am trying to become a better person. I’m trying. It’s not that it was bad, but I’m trying to move intentionally, I’m trying to move purely.”
“I’m going to say I’ve been going through this since August,” he continued. “I went through my camp extremely depressed. I went through my camp, despite how my mental state was, I still gave it 110 percent. I introduced myself and it was difficult. Everyone around me in my circle saw, and to be taken out the way I did, he hurt me, he broke me. Because we give it all, we give it all, we give it all we can and we give it all, every ounce of us in every session.
“I feel like training camp affects me, and I think every fighter on some level really, spiritually, physically, obviously mentally affects us,” Cortez continued. “And I gave all that, I gave everything I had and not fighting has left me a little lost. But I’m fine, I’m staying healthy, I’m making my mental state, my mental state, my mental health, I’m making it a priority.
“So I just want to thank everyone, those who showed support because there were a lot of things that were rude and brought me down,” he concluded. “And since it’s part of the game, I know what I signed up for. But to those who have supported me, and have been so nice to me and just haven’t let me through the process of not fighting and whatever, I want to thank you and I love you and I will continue to heal. And that is.
“Guys, we are human, we are human despite the number of followers we have. We are human, we feel, we go through things too, you know?