Brian Ortega


Hoping to win featherweight belt
June 9, 2021
Ortega is expected to take on Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title at UFC 266 on Sept. 4, reports.
Ortega was supposed to go for the featherweight belt against Volkanovski back at UFC 260 in March, but Volkanovski was unable to fight due to COVID-19. Now Ortega will go for his second crack at the featherweight title in September after falling short against Max Holloway back in 2018.
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Will coach TUF opposite Volkanovski
April 19, 2021
Ortega will serve as a coach on season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter against Alexander Volkanovski, and will afterwards take on Volkanovski for the UFC Featherweight Championship, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The two were originally scheduled to throw down at UFC 260 on March 27, but the fight had to be cancelled after Volkanovski came down with a case of COVID-19. He appears to be doing well, however, with the show set to begin filming in late-April. While Ortega and Volkanovski don't have an official date set yet, it is tradition for the two coaches to face off at the conclusion of the show. It's the show's first season since the UFC signed a TV deal with ESPN, and will feature bantamweights and middleweights (despite having featherweight coaches). Ortega had been as high as a (+170) betting underdog for their first proposed title fight, so look for something roughly similar this time around.
Won't face Volkanovski at UFC 260
March 20, 2021
Ortega and Alexander Volkanovski won't fight for the featherweight title March 27 at UFC 260 due to COVID-19 protocols, Damon Martin of reports.
Volkanovski announced via his personal Twitter account that he produced a positive test for COVID-19, resulting in the cancelation. The bout is expected to be rescheduled for an unspecified later date.
Gets title fight at UFC 260
January 18, 2021
Ortega (15-1-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Alexander Volkanovski (22-1-0) in a fight for the featherweight title March 27 at UFC 260, Ariel Helwani of reports. reports.
Ortega will get the next crack at taking the belt from Volkanovski after the 32-year-old Australian successfully defended his title at UFC 251 in July in Abu Dhabi. It's the second title shot for Ortega, who previously lost to then-featherweight champion Max Holloway in December 2018. Ortega was able to secure the opportunity to challenge Volkanovski after he defeated Chan Sung Jung via unanimous decision in his last trip to the Octagon in October.
Looks like new man in dominant win
October 17, 2020
Ortega defeated Chan Sung Jung via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45. 40-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
A combination of factors kept Ortega away from the Octagon for nearly two years after his stoppage loss to Max Holloway, but "T-City" showed Saturday that he spent the time well, as the juijitsu fighter not only stood with "Zombie" for five rounds, he got the better of him for most of the fight. It was a virtuoso performance from the 29-year-old, who used a crisp jab and mixed in takedown threats and feints to make his striking crisp. Just when it looked like "Zombie" was about to take control in Round 2, Ortega unleashed a spinning elbow that knocked him back on his heels. This made him hesitant for the remainder of the bout, allowing Ortega to use all the new tools at his disposal. It wasn't just the offensive accumen that deserves praise: Ortega was shoulder rolling and using head movement to evade most of the big shots of Jung, too. The fact that someone with the juijitsu prowess of Ortega looks this put together as a kickboxer in such a short space of time is incredible, and one can't help but wonder how he'll look as this retooled version of himself against the top of the division. Ortega improves to 15-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Korean Zombie up in October
August 18, 2020
Ortega (knee) and Chan Sung Jung (eye) are expected to headline in a featherweight bout at the unspecified UFC event Oct. 17, Damon Martin of reports.
The pair were originally slated to match up last December, but Ortega withdrew due to a partially torn ACL. Jung's eye surgery in February and the travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic prevented a rescheduling over the summer. Ortega is still looking for a rebound performance from his loss to Max Holloway in the featherweight championship in late 2018. "The Korean Zombie" made quick work of Ortega's replacement, Frankie Edgar, putting him down via TKO (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1 in December.