- Brian Ortega suffered a devastating injury loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ABC 3
- “T-City” is calling for a quick rematch once his shoulder injury has healed up
Brian Ortega felt more motivated than ever heading into the octagon this weekend against fellow featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez. However, the fight only lasted about four minutes as Ortega’s shoulder suddenly popped, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Brian Ortega's shoulder popped out 😰
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) July 16, 2022
Officially, “T-City” suffered a TKO loss but he refused to end it that way and is now calling for a rematch.
Let’s run it back
According to Ortega, everything was going his way until the “freak accident” happened. Hence, he would like to pick up where he left off by running it back with Rodriguez.
“The grip was tight on my arm and it dislocated – that was it – no armlock, no nothing,” Ortega told Megan Olivi on the UFC on ABC 3 post-fight show. “It was dislocated. Freak accident. It just sucks. The first time it’s every happened in my entire career. The first time it’s ever happened. I’m just taken aback by it.
“Everything was going my way. Literally I was winning every minute of the fight. I was sticking to the game plan because I do get emotional. … The world saw I was about to show what I do best, which is grapple and take control. Then the second we hit the ground my freaking arm just came out.”
— UFC (@ufc) July 16, 2022
Ortega has already undergone two surgeries on the shoulder that popped but he claims this one is a new injury altogether. Ultimately, “T-City” is just hoping there’s nothing serious about it.
“I’m going to MRI this as soon as I can,” he said. “Do what I have to do. I pray to God that I don’t have to get surgery. I’ve already had two shoulder surgeries as it is, so I’m praying I don’t have to go under that knife again because it just sucks when you have to get surgery.”
No problem for Yair
Rodriguez, on the other hand, is down for a second showdown with Ortega as he also feel that the hard work he put in was sabotage by “something stupid” like that.
“He said he’s willing to run it back – I definitely want to get it back,” Rodriguez said. “The second I’m physically healthy to do it, I want to get back in. I’m not trying to take anything off. I’m upset. But yeah. Trying to smile and now – I put in way too much work. Sacrificed everything just for something stupid like this to happen.”
Indeed, it was an unfortunate night for both Ortega and Rodriguez. But, on the other hand, the incident has just made both elite 145-pounders hungrier for a decisive victory.