Brian Ortega will be looking to get back to winning ways and back in title contention when he takes on Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night at the UBS Arena on Saturday evening.
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Brian Ortega v Yair Rodriguez UFC Fight Night Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions
Brian Ortega is a two-time UFC featherweight title challenger and will be looking to get back to winning ways and prove he is a future world champion.
The 31-year-old has lost two of his last three fights, with those losses both being title bouts.
The first one was against Max Holloway back at UFC 231 in 2018 when he was forced to stop by the doctor ion the fourth round.
He got back in the Octagon less than two years later and won a points decision against Chan Sung Jung to set up another title opportunity.
This title shot was now against Alexander Volkanovski. Although he took the Australian the full five rounds, he lost a unanimous decision. He didn’t disgrace himself and he genuinely believes he can become the top featherweight fighter in UFC.
He faces a tough ask against Yair Rodriguez. The 29-year-old Mexican is no fool and will trade punches and kicks with Ortega for as long as he can.
Rodriguez has a professional record of 17 fights, 13 wins, three defeats and one no contest. He has won four fights by knockout, three by submission and six on points so he does have an all-round game capable of mixing with the best.
His last fight saw him suffer his one and only points decision lost as he failed to beat Holloway last November at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas in what was announced as fight of the night.
This will be a war with a bit of bloodshed. I am backing Ortega to have his harm raised at the end of five brutal rounds and move a step closer to another title shot.
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