Brian Ortega will take on Yair Rodriguez in the newly constructed UBS arena in New York, as the top featherweights look to take the mat on July 16th, 2022. Tickets for the fight go on sale starting Friday, June 3rd.
Ortega, a first degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, sports a record of 15-2-0 (1 NC) heading into the fight. His opponent Rodriguez, who mixes in taekwondo, boxing and submission wrestling in his style, has a record of 14-3-0 (1 NC).
The one no-contest on Ortega’s record was from back in July of 2014, when “T-City” made his debut against Mike De La Torre. He originally won the fight with a rear-naked choke, but the match was changed to a NC after Ortega tested positive for anabolic steroids in a post match screening.
The no-contest on Rodriguez’s record came from his fight with Jeremy Stephens, where 15 seconds into the match Stephens was inadvertently poked in the eye. After a 5 minute delay, Stephens was unable to continue and the fight was called.
The bout between Ortega and Rodriguez should prove to be great match, as the two are rising toward the top of their division, one in which is in desperate need of some fireworks. Who do you have winning in this one? Comment below.