A featherweight headliner between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez is taking place now (Saturday, July 16, 2022) at UFC Long Island.
Both fighters are swinging early. Ortega blocks a head kick. Rodriguez lands a right. Both are connecting. This is a typical Mexican fight. Ortega goes for the level change and ends up clinching Rodriguez against the fence. Ortega is landing knees but is unable to take Rodriguez down. Rodriguez, however, is unable to get Ortega off him. Rodriguez finally separates and lands a right hand. Rodriguez partially lands a front head kick. Ortega shoots soon after and manages to get Rodriguez down. Rodriguez threatens with the armbar but as Ortega gets out, his shoulder pops and he goes to his back in pain. The referee calls it off right away.
Official Result: Yair Rodriguez defeats Brian Ortega via TKO (R1, 4:11)
Check out the highlights below:
Incredible show of respect between these two before battle 🙌 #UFCLongIsland pic.twitter.com/4OR88GGOlG
— UFC (@ufc) July 16, 2022
WATCH: Brian Ortega's shoulder pops out. Yair Rodriguez gets the first-round stoppage #UFCLongIsland #UFCLongIsland https://t.co/nUcx7I8RfH
— Shakiel Mahjouri (@Shak_Fu) July 16, 2022
As anticlimactic as it gets, not the result anybody wanted!
🇲🇽 @PanteraUFC picks up the victory after Ortega suffers a fight-ending injury late in the first. #UFCLongIsland pic.twitter.com/MaQR5nkdFk
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) July 16, 2022
"Ojala que la proxima que nos veamos, sea por un campeonato" 🔥 – @panteraufc pic.twitter.com/iklIoKYujT
— UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) July 16, 2022