Who is Gloria Cejudo? An emotional Tracy Cortez dedicates Noche UFC win to "big sister" who recently passed away

Tracy Cortez during Noche UFC octagon interview and press conference Images via UFC official YouTube channel)
Tracy Cortez during Noche UFC octagon interview and press conference (Images via UFC official YouTube channel)

UFC flyweight contender Tracy Cortez extended her MMA winning streak to 10 after defeating Jasmine Jasudavicius via unanimous decision on the UFC Fight Night 227 prelims. This was Cortez’s first UFC appearance since May 2022 when she came out on top against Melissa Gato at UFC 274.

During an emotional post-fight press conference, Cortez stated that she was emotional going into the fight after hearing the news of Gloria Cejudo’s passing. She dedicated her win to ‘big sister’ Gloria and said:

“She was a big sister. Cancer’s a nasty disease. I wanted to honour her and perform the best that I can and I want to dedicate this fight to her.”

Gloria Cejudo was the sister of former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo. She was battling cancer since 2021 and succumbed to the fatal disease on September 15, 2023. She was a mere four days away from celebrating her 41st birthday.

Cejudo siblings played an important role in Tracy Cortez’s life

Tracy Cortez’s elder brother Jose Cortez was a huge inspiration for her to take initial steps in the world of MMA. However, he passed away because of cancer and left a void in the younger sister’s life. Henry Cejudo and his family, who were close friends with Jose, helped Cortez overcome depression and get her life back on track.

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