Two of the top contenders in the featherweight division square off on Saturday, with Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez set to meet in New York.
Alexander Volkanovski, who successfully defended his featherweight title against Max Holloway on 2nd July, has dominated this division since joining the UFC in 2016.
His most recent victory extended his winning streak to 22 and there appears to be a big gulf between the Australian and the rest.
Ortega, ranked #2, has twice fought for the featherweight title, losing to Holloway via TKO at UFC 231 in 2018, before coming away on the wrong side of a decision when facing Volkanovski last time out at UFC 266.
Brian Ortega vs Yair Rodriguez
UBS Arena, Elmont, New York, USA
From 17:00, Saturday 16th July, 2022
How to watch
BT Sport 2
|Odds||Brian Ortega 10/17, Yair Rodriguez 7/5|
T-City undoubtedly wants another chance to become a UFC champion and he'll need to get back to winning ways this weekend to keep those hopes alive.
But, getting back on a positive track is easier said than done for Ortega, priced at 10/17 to secure the win, as he prepares to face the extremely well-rounded Rodriguez, who is available at 7/5 to claim victory in New York.
Rodriguez is ranked #3 and also looking to recover from a decision loss at the hands of Holloway at UFC Vegas 42 in November 2021.
That was only the second time Rodriguez has lost a fight since making his UFC debut in 2014 and he's edging ever-closer to his maiden shot the title.
Brian Ortega vs Yair Rodriguez takes place on Saturday 16th July, 2022.
The prelims are scheduled to get under way at 17:00 with the main card beginning at 19:00, while the main event between Ortega and Rodriguez should take place at around 22:00.
The UBS Arena in Elmont, New York plays host to Saturday's card.
Yes. The preliminary card and main card are both available to watch on BT Sport 2.
Ortega is the favourite for Saturday's contest, priced at 10/17, while Rodriguez can be backed at 7/5.
It's also worth noting that 10 of Ortega's 15 victories have come inside the distance and he is available at 13/8 to win by KO, TKO, DQ or Submission.
No. Both fighters sit high in the rankings, Ortega is #2 and Rodriguez #3, so victory on Saturday will put them in prime position for a shot at featherweight title holder Volkanovski.
18 fights, 15 wins (3 KOs), 2 defeats.
17 fights, 13 wins (4 KOs), 3 defeats, 1 no contest.
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