This weekend’s UFC Fight Night should be an intriguing matchup between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez, both looking to stay in contention for the featherweight title.
Ortega (15-2, 1 no contest) last fought back in September when his second golden opportunity ended in defeat – just like his first – when he was bested by American Alexander Volkanovsky.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez (13-3, 1 NC) has yet to challenge for a title, but the Mexican showed potential in a heroic points loss to former champion Max Holloway in November. The dynamic striker said the UFC would guarantee him a title shot if he beats Ortega this Saturday.
Jiu-jitsu specialist Ortega may need a few more wins if he wants to fight for the belt again, having lost to Holloway before losing to Volkanovsky, meaning Saturday’s main event is a crucial fight for the Californian.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is that?
The event will take place on Saturday, July 16 at the UBS Arena on Long Island.
The preliminary rounds will begin at 4pm BST (8am PT, 10am CT, 11am ET), with the main card continuing at 7pm BST (11am PT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET).
How can I see?
The card will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will broadcast the action live, as will UFC Fight Pass.
Ortega – 4/7
Rodriguez – 4/5
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