Two former title contenders faced off in the co-main event of UFC Mexico when Yair Rodriguez met Brian Ortega inside the octagon.

The pair met almost two years ago but the highly-anticipated matchup was cut short when ‘T-City’ suffered a severe injury to his shoulder while defending a submission attempt. The win was given to Rodriguez, but an asterisk clouded over the victory.

Both men entered the octagon to cheers from the Mexican fans. There was nothing but respect shared between the two before the fight got underway.

Round 1

As ‘El Pantera’ was being introduced by Bruce Buffer and feeding energy from the crowd, Brian Ortega seemed to roll his ankle. This seemed to slightly affect his balance in the opening minutes of the round. 

The first round was the Yair Rodriguez show, as the Mexican delivered some nasty attacks on the feet. Lesser men would have found a way to quit during Rodriguez’s onslaught, but Ortega found a way to stay in the fight after being dropped and beaten. 

Despite ending the round on the wrong end of a dominant mount position, a 10-8 round in favor of Rodriguez is entirely possible. 

Round 2

A much better round for Brian Ortega who looked a completely different fighter compared to the opening five minutes. 

Showing more composure on the feet, Ortega battled his way into a takedown and took full control of the second round. Not only did he dominate the grappling, but he also landed some damaging ground and pound which opened up a cut under the eye of his opponent.

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Round 3

This round started with more offense on the feet from Yair Rodriguez, but all Brian Ortega needed was one grappling exchange to take control of the round yet again.

After securing the mount almost instantaneously, Ortega locked up an arm triangle choke less than one minute into the third round.

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Brian Ortega Post-Fight Interview | UFC Mexico

by Site Admin ~ February 25th, 2024

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Brian Ortega has done it again.

A fighter known for his flair for the dramatic, Ortega was triumphant in his first fight since July 2022, scoring a stunning third-round submission of Yair Rodriguez. It was a comeback performance for Ortega in more ways than one as he also had to battle back from being badly hurt in the opening round, not to mention the possibility of an ankle injury he suffered moments after entering the octagon.

Ortega was bloody and battered after an opening round that saw Rodriguez score a knockdown, but his elite grappling and absurd toughness shined through as he took control of the action in Round 2. After scoring a takedown early in Round 3, it didn’t take Ortega long to snatch a fight-ending arm-triangle choke and secure his first win since October 2020.

To say his peers were impressed would be an understatement and the accolades poured in on social media afterwards. See some of the best reactions from the pros below.


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One only Brandon will walk away victorious tonight 😤

by Site Admin ~ February 24th, 2024

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UFC Fight Night: Torres v Duncan
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Manuel Torres kept his impressive streak of first-round finishes going with another blistering performance to kick off the UFC Mexico City main card on Saturday.

This time around, Torres had to survive a fast start from opponent Chris Duncan, who grabbed his attention early with a massive punch as soon as the action started. Torres stayed composed and eventually got into a clinch exchange, which allowed him to toss Duncan to the ground then quickly advance his position to take the back.

From there, Torres wasted zero time sinking in the rear-naked choke, and once his arm was tight under the chin, Duncan had no choice but to tap out, with the end coming at just 1:46 of the opening round. Torres now has 14 first-round finishes on his résumé, including six in a row, with three of those in the UFC.

“I’m going to come out with everything,” Torres said of his strategy. “You need to see my wrestling. I’m going to do everything to be the best in history!”

It was a great adjustment from Torres after Duncan came out headhunting as soon as the fight started. The opening punch rattled Torres and put him on his heels, but the 28-year-old prospect handled the adversity before turning the tables on Duncan with a takedown.

Once Torres climbed onto the back, he was incredibly quick to latch his arms into position to secure the fight-ending choke — and the grimace on Duncan’s face was unmistakable.

Now 15-2 in his career, Torres remains one of the best up-and-coming fighters based out of Mexico, and he’s looking for a step up in competition for his next fight — or perhaps taking one one of the most talked about names in the sport if that’s available to him.

“Send me Paddy [Pimblett], send me top 20, send me top 10,” Torres shouted. “I’m ready.”

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Francis Ngannou’s first PFL opponent now official

by Site Admin ~ February 24th, 2024

Since leaving the UFC and signing for the PFL, many have been waiting for Francis Ngannou’s debut in the SmartCage. After a long delay, an official opponent has been named for the heavyweight star.

‘The Predator’ hasn’t competed in the sport of mixed martial arts since his aforementioned departure from the UFC back in January 2022. His most recent bout inside the cage saw him out-grit the then-undefeated Ciryl Gane to defend his title.

In the main event of the PFL vs. Bellator event, Renan Ferreira secured a huge first-round knockout victory over Ryan Bader. Not only did Ferreira win a Super Belt, but he also earned the chance to welcome Francis Ngannou into the PFL.

Renan Ferreira is currently riding an impressive four-fight win streak heading into his confirmed matchup against Ngannou next time out.

‘Problema’ is a titan of a heavyweight standing at 6 feet 8 inches tall. The Brazilian boasts an impressive 85% knockout win rate throughout his decade in the sport.

It took Ferreira just 21 seconds before he landed a destructive right hand that sent Ryan Bader crashing down to the canvas. The knockout artist then followed up his strike with ground and pound before the referee was forced to step in and put an end to the bout.

The PFL heavyweight standout took his moment on the mic to call out Francis Ngannou. Ferreira is clearly so eager to get his hands on Ngannou, he insisted that he would welcome the fight in the PFL cage or the boxing ring.

Related: Francis Ngannou to have two boxing matches this year, likely no MMA

Though his PFL debut is now official, Francis Ngannou does first have business to deal with outside the cage before he is able to return to his MMA roots. On March 8, Ngannou will compete in his second professional boxing bout when he collides with Anthony Joshua in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

This will be Francis Ngannou’s second stint in the world of boxing, with his first venture into the squared circle ending in a controversial defeat to Tyson Fury.

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