Brian Ortega’s Cryptic Dig at Ex-Girlfriend Tracy Cortez Sends MMA World Into Meltdown at UFC Mexico – “He Called Tracy Wicked”

Published 02/25/2024, 1:17 AM EST

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Former two-time title challenger Brian Ortega made a triumphant return to the octagon at UFC Mexico. He defeated former interim champion Yair Rodriguez via submission in the third round. However, what grabbed attention was how Ortega took a dig at his ex-girlfriend Tracy Cortez, which later garnered reactions from fans on social media.

Brian Ortega had been out of action for over a year and a half. There were doubts about how he would fare against someone as good as Yair Rodríguez, returning from such a long layoff. But ‘T-City’ put those doubts to bed with the win. He then poured his heart out in the post-fight interview after his first win in over two years.

Following his win, Brian Ortega took the microphone and addressed the Mexican crowd. He shared some advice with them, which seemed like a jibe at Tracy Cortez. “God will bless you in front of the same wicked people who try to break you. Remember that,” said Ortega. What made this interesting was that Cortez was in attendance and he secured the statement win in front of her.


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‘T-City’ had made headlines after a heated back and forth on social media, with Tracy Cortez following their breakup. They seemed like an unbreakable couple before both UFC fighters kept taking jibes, either directly or indirectly, on Twitter (X). There were even rumors that Cortez had started dating Paulo Costa. But that wasn’t true and was just another one of the Brazilian’s antics on social media. His recent comments were not the first time he had indirectly addressed his break up with Cortez.

His subtle dig got the fans intrigued they shared their support for Ortega following his win after a photo of him with his family in the octagon was shared.

Fans react after Brian Ortega took a swipe at Tracy Cortez

Brian Ortega called his family inside the Octagon and posed together for a picture. A fan captured the moment on TV and shared the snap on Twitter (X). After witnessing Ortega’s new partner, Stephanie Rodriguez, most fans thought he did well for himself after his split from Tracy Cortez.



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A believed that Ortega’s new partner may not be too hard on his money.

Ortega and Cortez began dating in 2020 and Cortez even appeared for Ortega’s fights multiple times to support him. Ortega also mentioned the relationship a few times in his interviews. The couple were engaged and were even planning to get married before things turned sour in 2o23. Rumors of their breakup started after Cortez removed all pictures of them together from her Instagram account, with Ortega doing the same.

Then in July last year, Brian Ortega posted on X where he addressed his split with Cortez and threw shade at her. He tweeted, “Everyone out here talking bout I fumbled. Y’all must not know the rules of the game. When you drop the ball on accident, that’s a fumble, but when you throw it away on purpose, that’s called a complete pass. Top G sh*t!”

Following his recent comments at UFC Mexico, one fan couldn’t believe that ‘T-City’ called Tracy Cortez “wicked.”

Meanwhile, a fan claimed that Cortez will now have to do better than Brian Ortega has after their breakup.

A fan was simply happy to see Brian Ortega happy with his family.


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Having to deal with a breakup that got somewhat public on social media did not seem to have any kind of negative effect on Brian Ortega. It remains to be seen if he can jump back into the title contention as fans wait to see when he will fight next.

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Himanga Mahanta


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Yeswanth Praveen