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Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez UFC Denver Odds, Time, and Prediction

Maycee Barber was meant to headline UFC on ESPN 59 on July 13 in her home state of Colorado, but after withdrawing, the organizers came up with a new main event – Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez

Against Maycee Barber, Rose Namajunas was a big underdog, but against Tracy Cortez, she’s seen as a -185 favorite. In this Namajunas vs. Cortez preview, we’ll explain why that is the case, as well as reveal whether we think oddsmakers are right to think so.

Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez Odds

MoneylineOdds
Rose Namajunas-185
Tracy Cortez+160
*Odds taken from BetOnline on Thursday, June 27, 2024.
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When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
  • Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024
  • Time: ~10:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN

Reasons Why Rose Namajunas is Favored to Win

Rose Namajunas is widely considered one of the greatest female fighters of her generation. She’s 12-6 overall, which is very impressive, especially given that seven of her UFC fights were championship fights.

Speaking of which, she’s a former Strawweight champ who used to rule the division in two stints. However, after losing the championship belt to Carla Esparza in 2022, she decided to move up a weight class.

In September 2023, she made her flyweight debut against Manon Fiorot. The French fighter is bigger and much stronger than Thug Rose, so it’s no surprise she beat her up, winning by unanimous decision in the end.

In her second flyweight fight, Rose won against Amanda Ribas, but there’s a caveat. Neither fighter looked particularly impressive in that bout, with each suffering only minor damage. And let’s not forget that Ribas is another small flyweight who probably belongs in the strawweight division.

Can Tracy Cortez Stage an Upset on July 13?

Tracy Cortez was originally meant to fight Miranda Maverick at UFC Denver on July 13. Maverick is famous for being great in the clinch, which is why Cortez probably spent the last couple of weeks working on her grappling.

But that shouldn’t worry her anymore as she’s fighting against Namajunas, who last won by submission in 2017. Instead, this is probably going to be a striking duel. Is this good news for Cortez?

It should be, especially given that she put on a striking masterclass in her previous fight. Last September, she beat Jasmine Jasudavicious in a fight that saw her land 103 significant strikes – the highest number in her entire career.

Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez Prediction

Namajunas should feel lucky for getting a new opponent as Barber would’ve steamrolled her. Cortez, however, doesn’t look like someone who could do the same. Instead, we think Namajunas is going to win this fight, but she’ll probably have to work hard to get a win. In fact, we suspect that this fight is going to last for the full 25 minutes.

Pick: Rose Namajunas

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