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Weight on her mind: MMA pin-up Tracy Cortez ‘could have peed out’ half-pound weight miss before being stopped by UFC officials

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Weight on her mind: MMA pin-up Tracy Cortez ‘could have peed out’ half-pound weight miss before being stopped by UFC officials

Unbeaten UFC fighter Tracy Cortez has been left to frustratedly reflect on coming in just half a pound over the limit for her latest victory, when she says doctors refused her the chance to take an hour to cut the extra weight.

Flyweight newcomer and social media sensation Cortez was narrowly over the limit ahead of her decision win over St. Petersburg-born veteran Justine Kish in Las Vegas, earning a points victory while losing 20 per cent of her purse because of the hitch.

Cortez thought she would have the additional time following the initial weigh-in the day before the fight, only to be denied the opportunity to continue her cut ahead of her third UFC win.

“They normally give us an hour to cut the weight, but they didn’t clear me,” Cortez said, hitting 126.5lb on the scales. “The doctor didn’t let me cut the half a pound.

“He checked me out and he wasn’t OK with me cutting the rest of the weight. I could have cut it: I could have peed it but he didn’t let me.

“I would have cut it, 100 per cent. I would not have jumped on the scale to miss weight with point five off.

“I would have never done that. I’ve never missed weight in my life and my career, so I was really frustrated.

“My coach fought them. He said, ‘If she goes to the restroom again, can we just wait?

“They said, ‘If she goes again, that’s the final weigh.’ We said, ‘can we just check one more time?'”

The 27-year-old has no intention of moving up to bantamweight. “I’ll see how I feel, how I recover,” she said, praising her team.

“I want to be active, stay in the flyweight division and make a name for myself here.”
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‘That was awesome’: Ukrainian MMA pin-up Ekaterina Shakalova floors opponent with brutal body slam in latest win (VIDEO)

‘That was awesome’: Ukrainian MMA pin-up Ekaterina Shakalova floors opponent with brutal body slam in latest win (VIDEO)

MMA stunner Ekaterina Shakalova slammed opponent Izabela Badurek onto the canvas during an eye-catching win on a Polish MMA card on Saturday, with some fans responding by calling for the 23-year-old to be snapped up by the UFC.

Competing at the Lotos Fight Night event, Shakalova took on local rival Izabela Badurek and quickly had her opponent off her feet on her way to a fourth straight win in her burgeoning career.

Convincing the judges with her display, Shakalova won a unanimous decision on the cards at the end of a 15 minute, three-round bout.

Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lead at UFC Vegas 22, when the retired Russian legend streamed the main event while sat alongside promotion president Dana White, Shakalova dumped the whole bout on her Instagram to celebrate her victory. 

Improving her record to 5-1, the bantamweight is now on a hot streak since suffering defeat in her second ever outing, at WWFC 16, when she lost to Daria Chibisova via a guillotine choke submission. 

But it was her body slam that impressed fans most in the octagon.

“Who has that Ekaterina Shakalova slam? Not f*cking with [her],” said one new-found admirer on Twitter.

“That was awesome,” enthused another. “Ekaterina Shakalova has delivered on both her trips to Poland.”

Elsewhere, some have already suggested that Shakalova is on the “road to the UFC”, but little is known about the native from Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharviv.

A growing fanbase may be heartbroken to learn the grappler is already married, but that still doesn’t stop her sharing candid snaps with her thousands of Instagram followers.

The gym is one of her preferred locations, but Shakalova also likes to model for sultry snaps and show off the natural beauty of her homeland. 

“Turn your back on your opponent,” she said alongside a shot of herself throwing a rival to the floor at a tournament last year while calling herself a “grappling girl”. “That’s my style.”

Shakalova is never shy to dispense in-depth dietary advice to her online followers alongside her photos.

“Hard workouts, muscle pain, worries, fatigue – all this is nothing,” she told them, reflecting on her learning process when she finished second at a competition in 2019.

“All thanks to the support of people close to me, who inspired me and put their strength and soul into my preparation, believed in me and were with me all the time.

“[Coming second] does not mean that you need to give up and give up the fight. It means that there are mistakes and you need to correct them, prepare hard and win.”
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Bare-faced cheek: MMA pin-up Pearl Gonzalez ‘kicked out of gym’ for revealing THONG during weights workout stunt

Bare-faced cheek: MMA pin-up Pearl Gonzalez ‘kicked out of gym’ for revealing THONG during weights workout stunt

Invicta MMA temptress Pearl Gonzalez claimed a cheeky workout pose led to her getting “kicked out of the gym” after the former UFC fighter revealed her underwear during a weights routine with a difference.

Former UFC strawweight Gonzalez shared footage on Instagram of herself bending over while pumping the dumbbells at the gym, then pulling her sports leggings down to reveal a pale-blue thong as she wiggled her backside for the camera while laughing.

But the bare-faced stunt could have backfired as Gonzalez, nicknamed ‘The Chi-Town Princess’, wrote that she had “got kicked outta the gym” and asked if anyone needed a new workout partner.

The 34-year-old Invicta FC brawler later appeared to make peace with the gym authorities as she shared a clip on Instagram Stories of herself on the treadmill, excitedly saying “they let me back in guys.”

The saucy stunt seems to have been a plug for Gonzalez’s ‘Pearl’s Paradise’ website, where she shares content for fans.

“Are you aiming for porn star? MMA fighter star? Or perhaps it doesn’t matter as long as they tap out?” joked one fan commenting on the video.

The Illinois-born fighter – who boasts a 10-5 record inside the cage – has a reputation for stripping off for fans.

At the start of this year, Gonzalez said she was recovering from a grappling contest defeat by wrapping herself in fruit roll-ups.
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Took an ‘L’ last night on #SUG and my homie told me I needed to do something crazy like wrap my naked body in fruit roll ups to take it off my mind. I told him that was the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” Gonzalez wrote alongside images of herself with her modesty barely covered.

Gonzalez, who trains at 10th Planet in San Diego, was last in MMA action in February of 2020, when suffered a unanimous decision defeat at Invicta FC 39 to rising prospect Miranda Maverick, who has since made the switch to the UFC.

Gonzalez herself was famously almost denied the opportunity to make her UFC debut back in 2017, after commission officials in New York felt her breast implants were too unsafe.

However, she was later cleared to compete, falling to defeat to Cynthia Calvillo.

Gonzalez was released by the UFC after losing her second octagon bout to Poliana Botelho at UFC 216, but has since won four out of her six contests with Invicta.

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