Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez will face off in a featherweight showdown this weekend, headlining Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Elmont.
Both men are ready to bounce back from defeats in their most recent matches, with Ortega being beaten by champion Alexander Volkanovski last September and Rodriguez having defeated former champion Max Holloway in November.
Ortega’s record also contains a loss to Holloway during the Hawaiian’s run as champion, and the American’s two failed title shots likely mean he is at least a few wins away from another shot at the gold. Rodriguez, meanwhile, was told by the UFC that a win against Ortega would guarantee him a title shot, with the Mexican having impressed against Holloway even in the points loss.
Ortega (15-2, 1 No Contest) is a jiu-jitsu expert who has improved his striking over time, while Rodriguez (13-3, 1 NC) is a versatile and dynamic forward who should make an interesting contrast to the Californian.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is it?
The event will take place on Saturday, July 16 at the UBS Arena in Elmont.
Preliminaries will begin at 4pm BST (8am PT, 10am CT, 11am ET), with the main card continuing at 7pm BST (11am PT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET).
How can I watch?
The card will be streamed live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also broadcasting the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will broadcast the action live, as will the UFC Fight Pass.
Ortega – 4/7
Rodrigues – 4/5
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