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Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega

American mixed martial artist
Brian Ortega
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American mixed martial artist
A.K.A. Brian Martin Ortega
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 21 February 1991, California, USA
Age 29 years
Star sign Pisces
Stats
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 65 kg
The details

Biography

Brian Martin Ortega (born February 21, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2010, he has also competed for the RFA, where he was the Featherweight Champion. As of February 25, 2019, he is #2 in the UFC featherweight rankings.

Background

Ortega was born in Los Angeles, California; he's of Mexican descent and possesses dual nationality, as both his parents are from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He grew up in section 8 housing project of San Pedro, California. Brian started learning martial arts when he was 5 years old at Al Martinez Muay Thai Kickboxing in Wilmington, CA. When he turned 13, he began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy under Rorion Gracie, and his sons Ryron, Rener, and Ralek Gracie in Torrance, California.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

When Ortega was 17, he met boxing coach James Luhrsen, who took him in and trained him in striking skills. Ortega began his career competing for regional promotions exclusively in Southern California. He won his first pro-MMA championship against Carlos Garces in a five-round bout via unanimous decision, becoming the Respect In The Cage featherweight champion.

Ortega went on to compile an undefeated record of 8-0 before signing with the UFC in April 2014. He credited his success to support and love from James Luhrsen and Rener Gracie.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ortega was expected to make his promotional debut against Diego Brandão on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. However, Brandao pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing an injury. Due to the late nature of the change, officials did not try to find a replacement and Ortega was pulled from the card as well.

Ortega eventually made his debut on July 26, 2014, at UFC on Fox 12 against Mike De La Torre. Originally, a first round submission (rear-naked choke) win for Ortega, the result was changed to "No Contest" after Ortega tested positive for drostanolone during a post fight screening. Subsequently, Ortega was fined $2,500 and suspended for nine months.

Ortega faced Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68. He won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.

Ortega faced Diego Brandão, who is a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195. After being down against Diego's striking for the first two rounds, Ortega rallied and won via triangle choke in the third round.

At UFC 199 on June 4, 2016, Ortega defeated Clay Guida by KO in the third round. After winning the first round, Guida won the second round and looked to have the third won until Ortega rallied and won via a flying knee near the end of the round.

Ortega was expected to face Hacran Dias on October 1, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 96. However, Ortega pulled out of the fight in early September and was replaced by Andre Fili.

Ortega next faced Renato Moicano on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214. He won the back and forth fight via submission in the third round with a guillotine choke, while both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonus.

Ortega faced Cub Swanson on December 9, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 123. He was victorious in the fight, winning in the second round by guillotine choke submission. The finish put Ortega's streak at five straight fights won with a finish, which at the time was the second longest current win streak in the UFC featherweight division behind the champion, Max Holloway. The win also earned him the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors.

Ortega faced Frankie Edgar on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. In doing so, he became the first man to ever finish Edgar in MMA. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.

Ortega was scheduled to face Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight Championship on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226. However, on July 4, Holloway was pulled from the fight due to "concussion like symptoms". Hence, Ortega scratched from the fight after Holloway's withdrawal.

The fight against Max Holloway eventually took place on December 8, 2018, in the main event at UFC 231. Ortega lost the fight by doctor stoppage at the end of the fourth round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.

Ortega was scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung on December 21, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 23. However, Ortega pulled out of the fight in early December citing a knee injury.

Championships and accomplishments

Controversies

UFC 248 Incident

On March 8, 2020, a police report was filed against Ortega for alleged slapping Korean American rapper Jay Park, translator for Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie), at UFC 248 after Jung left to use the washroom. Jung posted a statement on social media following the incident saying "Last night, you sat 10 meters away from me and Jay Park. For two hours nothing happened, so I thought everything was fine. But you fucking attacked Jay Park while I went to the bathroom. Jay Park is not a professional fighter but a musician. You slapped a civilian who merely helped translate [...] Even worse, you were sitting there waiting until I would be absent and attacked Jay Park. It was not a fight like real men would do. What you have done is same as a grown up to beat a child. You should have attacked me. If so, I would have not been upset.You are such a coward for slapping a musician not a fighter."

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 15 wins 1 loss
By knockout 4 1
By submission 7 0
By decision 4 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–1 (1) Max Holloway TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 4 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada For the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 14–0 (1) Frankie Edgar KO (punch) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 1 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–0 (1) Cub Swanson Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega December 9, 2017 2 3:22 Fresno, California, United States Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 12–0 (1) Renato Moicano Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 3 2:59 Anaheim, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 11–0 (1) Clay Guida KO (knee) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 3 4:40 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 10–0 (1) Diego Brandão Submission (triangle choke) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 1:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 (1) Thiago Tavares TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 3 4:10 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Fight of the Night.
NC 8–0 (1) Mike De La Torre NC (overturned) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 1 1:39 San Jose, California, United States Originally a submission (rear-naked choke) win for Ortega; overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone.
Win 8–0 Keoni Koch Decision (split) RFA 12 January 24, 2014 5 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Won the RFA Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Jordan Rinaldi Submission (triangle choke) RFA 9 August 6, 2013 3 2:29 Pomona, California, United States
Win 6–0 Thomas Guimond Submission (triangle choke) Respect In The Cage 20 May 4, 2013 1 4:02 Pomona, California, United States Defended the RTC Featherweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Carlos Garces Decision (unanimous) Respect In The Cage 10 March 12, 2011 5 5:00 Pomona, California, United States Won the RTC Featherweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Chris Mercado Decision (unanimous) Respect In The Cage 9 January 15, 2011 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Win 3–0 Vincent Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) Respect In The Cage 5 July 24, 2010 1 1:54 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 2–0 Amir Fattakhov Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: Bad Behaviour June 27, 2010 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 John Sassone Submission (triangle choke) Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force April 25, 2010 1 1:48 San Jacinto, California, United States
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