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Brian Ortega, Paulo Costa, Tracy Cortez, UFC
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Brian Ortega reacts after Paulo Costa poses with his former girlfriend Tracy Cortez: "Everyone out here talking bout I fumbled"

Chris Taylor - July 1, 2023

Brian Ortega has reacted after UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa posted a photo with his former girlfriend Tracy Cortez. Costa (14-2 MMA) sent the internet into a frenzy on Friday evening when he shared the following photo alongside Cortez (10-1 MMA) on Twitter.

Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega at UFC 266.
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Alexander Volkanovski reflects on deep Brian Ortega guillotine choke: "His arms will gas out or I die"

Josh Evanoff - June 26, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski’s mindset was otherworldly against Brian Ortega. ‘The Great’ is currently slated to return next month at UFC 290 against Yair Rodriguez. The bout will be the featherweight champion’s first since February. That month at UFC 284, Alexander Volkanovski came up short against Islam Makhachev in a bid for lightweight gold.

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Ilia Topuria

Brian Ortega responds to Ilia Topuria calling him out: "I'll gladly humble someone if I have to"

Cole Shelton - March 28, 2023

Brian Ortega is open to fighting llia Topuria next time out if needed. Ortega is coming off a loss to Yair Rodriguez back in July in a fight he dislocated his shoulder. Since then, he has been healing his injury and is now getting closer to a return and is open to humbling Topuria who has been vocal in calling him out.

Yair Rodriguez, Brian Ortega, UFC Long Island
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Brian Ortega issues statement following loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC Long Island: “Sorry to keep you guys waiting just been a rough couple of days”

Susan Cox - July 21, 2022

Brian Ortega has issued a statement following his loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC Long Island. It was just last Saturday, July 16th when Brian Ortega (15-3 MMA) fought Yair Rodriguez (15-3 MMA) in the featherweight main event at UFC Long Island.

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UFC

Brian Ortega wants a rematch with Yair Rodriguez following “freak accident” at UFC Long Island: “Literally I was winning every minute of the fight”

Fernando Quiles - July 17, 2022

Brian Ortega received a dose of bad luck in his battle with Yair Rodriguez. He and Yair shared the Octagon this past Saturday (July 16) inside the UBS Arena on Long Island, NY. This was a highly-anticipated matchup and it was fun for as long as it lasted.

Matt Schnell, UFC Long Island
UFC

UFC Long Island Bonus Report: Matt Schnell one of eight fighters to receive a bonus

Chris Taylor - July 16, 2022

The Octagon returned to New York for today’s UFC Long Island event, a twelve-bout fight card headlined by Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez. Tonight’s main event did not make it out of the opening round. After an entertaining opening couple of minutes, Yair Rodriquez went for an armbar submission. It appeared that Brian Ortega was fighting out of the hold when suddenly his shoulder popped. The injury resulted in the fight being stopped and ‘El Pantera’ was named victor by way of injury TKO.

Yair Rodriguez, Brian Ortega, UFC Long Island
UFC

Pros react after Yair Rodriguez defeats Brian Ortega at UFC Long Island

Chris Taylor - July 16, 2022

Today’s UFC Long Island event was headlined by a key men’s featherweight contest between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez. Ortega (15-3 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since suffering a unanimous decision loss to reigning featherweight kingpin Alex Volkanovki at UFC 266. That setback was of course preceded by a decision win over The Korean Zombie in October of 2020.

Brian Ortega, Yair Rodriguez
UFC

UFC Long Island Results: Yair Rodriguez defeats Brian Ortega via TKO (Video)

Chris Taylor - July 16, 2022

Today’s UFC Long Island event is headlined by a key men’s featherweight contest featuring Brian Ortega taking on Yair Rodriguez. Ortega (15-2 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since suffering a unanimous decision loss to reigning featherweight kingpin Alex Volkanovki at UFC 266. That setback was preceded by a decision win over The Korean Zombie in October of 2020.

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Charles Oliveira

Brian Ortega reveals plans to move to lightweight, possible matchup with Charles Oliveira: "He's a tough motherf*cker, man"

Josh Evanoff - July 15, 2022

UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega sees him moving up to 155-pounds in the future. ‘T-City’ was last in action against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 266 last September. In the headliner, Ortega lost via unanimous decision. However, the fight with ‘The Great’ was regarded as one of the best of 2021.

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UFC

Brian Ortega explains why he didn’t want to fight Yair Rodriguez

Cole Shelton - July 14, 2022

Brian Ortega didn’t want to be fighting Yair Rodriguez at UFC Long Island. The two are set to headline the card where the winner could get the next featherweight title shot. However, for Ortega, he says this is a fight he didn’t want due to the fact he and Rodriguez are friends given their Mexican heritage, and admits he didn’t want this fight to happen.

Alexander Volkanovski
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Alexander Volkanovski says he's got his "eye on" Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez: "I'll be watching"

Cole Shelton - July 14, 2022

Alexander Volkanovski will be paying close attention to this Saturday’s UFC main event. In the headliner of UFC Long Island, top-three featherweights clash as Brian Ortega takes on Yair Rodriguez in a massive fight for the division. Rodriguez has said he has been promised a title shot with a win and now Volkanovski says the winner of this fight could very well be next in line.

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Pro fighters make their picks for Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez

Cole Shelton - July 14, 2022

In the main event of UFC Long Island, a pivotal featherweight scrap headlines the card as top-three featherweights collide as Brian Ortega takes on Yair Rodriguez. Heading into the fight, Ortega is a -180 favorite while the Mexican is a +140 underdog on FanDuel. Ahead of the fight, BJPENN.com reached out to pro fighters to get their prediction for the scrap. The majority of pros are leaning towards Ortega getting his hand raised and likely doing it by submission.

Yair Rodriguez
UFC

Yair Rodriguez believes "it’s going to be important to have a really good strategy and stick to it" against Brian Ortega at UFC Long Island

Cole Shelton - July 13, 2022

Yair Rodriguez knows Brian Ortega will be a tough out at UFC Long Island on Saturday. Rodriguez and Ortega are set to headline the card in a pivotal fight for the featherweight division as the winner could get a title shot. Although the Mexican is coming off a loss to Max Holloway last time out, he says that fight taught him a lot including having a good strategy.

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UFC

Brian Ortega reveals he was going to "quit" MMA if he lost to Thiago Tavares in 2015: "I wasn't making money, I had 75 dollars to my name"

Cole Shelton - July 12, 2022

Brian Ortega nearly retired from MMA in 2015. Ortega agreed to fight Thiago Tavares on short notice after his UFC debut was overturned following him testing positive for drostanolone which saw him get suspended for nine months and fined $2500. Entering the fight, Ortega was the betting underdog and before the two weighed in, Tavares came up to Ortega and thanked him for taking the fight.

Alexander Volkanovski, Brian Ortega
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Brian Ortega says he's "a deadly opponent" for Alexander Volkanovski: "I put him in the most danger he’s ever been in his career"

Cole Shelton - July 11, 2022

Brian Ortega believes he is a dangerous opponent for Alexander Volkanovski and is confident he will prove that if they rematch. Ortega and Volkanovski fought in the main event of UFC 266 for the featherweight title but it was the Aussie who won the fight by decision. However, in the scrap, Ortega had the champ in two chokes that appeared to be tight but Volkanovski got out of them. According to ‘T-City’, he believes that proves how dangerous he is.

Yair Rodriguez, UFC Mexico
UFC

Yair Rodriguez reveals he's been promised a title shot if he beats Brian Ortega at UFC Long Island

Cole Shelton - July 11, 2022

Yair Rodriguez has revealed he will receive a title shot if he gets his hand raised on Saturday at UFC Long Island. Rodriguez is set to headline the card against Brian Ortega in a pivotal fight for the featherweight division. Both men are right near the top of the ranks and given ‘T-City’s’ last fight was for the belt, the Mexican revealed on The MMA Hour that if he wins on Saturday he will receive a title shot.

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UFC

Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez officially booked for UFC Long Island main event

Cole Shelton - May 26, 2022

Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez has finally been booked. After months of talks that the UFC was targeting the featherweight fight, the promotion announced on Twitter on Thursday that Ortega vs. Rodriguez is set to headline a Fight Night card on July 16. The event will also take place at the UBS Arena on Long Island.

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UFC

UFC star Brian Ortega shares video of corrupt cops in Mexico: “They took my license so I won’t be able to get back home”

Harry Kettle - March 17, 2022

UFC star Brian Ortega has shared footage of police officers refusing to let him leave after he didn’t give them money. In the last few years Brian Ortega may not have been as active as he would’ve liked, but he’s still been able to establish himself as one of the best featherweights in the game today. After taking a few years off following his defeat to Max Holloway, he came back and put on a fantastic display to defeat The Korean Zombie.

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