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

Yair Rodriguez, Brian Ortega, UFC Long Island

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.

Meanwhile, Yair Rodriguez (14-3 MMA) had last competed in November of 2021, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Max Holloway. Prior to that setback, ‘El Pantera’ had scored back-to-back wins over Jeremy Stephens and The Korean Zombie respectively.

Today’s UFC Long Island 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.

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Official UFC Long Island Result: Yair Rodriguez def. Brian Ortega via TKO (injury) in Round 1

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Ortega vs. Rodriguez’ below:

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Post-fight reactions to Yair Rodriguez defeating Brian Ortega at UFC Long Island:

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