Brian Ortega is a current No.1 contender in UFC Featherweight Division. He is a former two-time RTC Featherweight champion and a former RFA Featherweight champion.
Brian Martin Ortega
14 Wins // 0 Losses // 0 Draws // 1 No Contest
Brian Ortega is currently 29 years old according to his date of birth February 21, 1991.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
145 lbs (66 kg)
69 inches (175 cm)
MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai
Team: Black Belt Surfing
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States
Mexican – American
Brian Ortega is a BJJ black belt, so he mostly tries to take the fight to the ground and finish via submission. His most dangerous submissions are triangle choke (3 wins) and guillotine choke (3 wins). He rarely delivers punches on the ground.
In the stand-up, Ortega looks for a hook. When the opponent is on the fence, Ortega delivers various punches to force him to drop his guard and almost always finishes the combo with a right hook. He also knows to throw attractive techniques like spinning back kick, spinning back elbow and superman punch off the cage.
In the clinch, his main advantage is a right knee to the head. He has excellent takedown skills. Despite he had a very tough childhood, Brian Ortega is still undefeated in the Octagon and UFC plans to give him a chance to fight for the Featherweight belt soon.
The Road To The Top
Brian Ortega had his MMA debut at Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force on April 25, 2010, in San Jacinto, California, versus John Sassone. He won the fight via triangle choke at 1:48 in the first round, which is his fastest victory of the career.
T-City had a perfect score of 8-0 before joining UFC in 2014. In the smaller promotions, Ortega earned four submission victories and four decision victories.
Brian Ortega – UFC Career
Brian Ortega had his UFC debut versus Mike De La Torre at UFC On Fox 12 on July 26, 2014. Despite T-City originally won via rear-naked choke in the first round, however, during the post-fight screening he was posted positive for drostanolone. Ortega was fined $2,500 and received nine months suspension.
Brian Ortega Vs Thiago Tavares
Brian Ortega faced Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night 68 on June 6, 2015. Thiago Tavares lost his mouthpiece in the third round and the referee temporarily stopped the fight. After a successful takedown defense, Ortega landed a brutal left hook which sent Tavares down. Ortega started raining punches and won the fight via TKO in the third round. He earned his first Fight Of The Night bonus.
His next rival was Diego Brandao at UFC 195 on January 2, 2016. T-City won the fight via tremendous triangle choke in the third round.
Brian Ortega Vs Clay Guida
The two faced at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016. Clay Guida was a very tough rival but Brian Ortega faked him in the third round with a left hook, and then delivered a world-class right knee to the face and knocked Guida out. Guida made a huge mistake by moving his head down and trying to escape the knee via ducking under.
Ortega’s next opponent was Renato Moicano on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214. Ortega controlled the opponent’s back and won the fight via guillotine choke in the third round. Both fighters received Fight Of The Night bonus.
Brian Ortega Vs Cub Swanson
Ortega got his first main event of the evening at UFC Fight Night 123 on December 9, 2017, in Fresno, California. Despite being a big underdog versus Cub Swanson, Ortega surprised him in the second round by guillotine choke victory.
T-City broke the record of five consecutive UFC victories, which was at that time the second longest streak after the champion, Max Holloway. Brian Ortega received Fight Of The Night and Performance Of The Night bonus.
Brian Ortega Vs Frankie Edgar
The co-main event of UFC 222 will always be remembered for the surprising victory over Frankie Edgar. The two faced on March 3, 2018. Despite Edgar is known as a master of decision victories, Brian Ortega clinched up with him and delivered a devastating right uppercut at the end of the first round, which knocked Frankie Edgar out.
Brian Ortega – Next Fight
There were rumors that Ortega should face the current champion Max Holloway at UFC 226. However, Holloway is scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 Lightweight Title fight after Tony Ferguson withdrew due to an injury. Brian Ortega even claimed that Dana White offered him a chance to face Khabib Nurmagomedov and he said yes.
We will see who is going to be Ortega’s next opponent. For now, Max Holloway looks like the most serious name. Blessed claims that Brian Ortega is the future but he is still present.
Brian Ortega is a close friend of Carlos Condit, a fellow MMA fighter. He is a father of two children but he is not married.
Brian Ortega – Social Media Profiles
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/briantcity/?hl=en
Fb Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/briantcitymma/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BrianTcity
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