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#3 Featherweight Division



Brian Ortega

Featherweight Division

16-3-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Brian Ortega

athlete record


Learn more about Brian Ortega's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Carson, United States
Trains at
Team Ortega
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jul. 26, 2014
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2010
  • Eight wins by submission (4 triangle, 1 RNC, 2 guillotine, arm triangle), three by KO, five by decision
  • Four first round finishes
  • 2-3 in his last fibr
  • Has gone the five round championship distance three times
  • Last pre-UFC bout was five round decision win over Keoni Koch (brother of UFC vet Erik Koch) on 1/24/14.

UFC Fight Night (2/24/24) Ortega submitted Yair Rodriguez via arm-triangle choke at :58 of the third round 

UFC on ABC (7/16/22) Ortega lost via TKO (shoulder injury) to Yair Rodriguez at 4:11 of the first round

UFC 266 (9/25/21) Ortega lost a five-round unanimous decision to Alexander Volkanovski in a fight for the UFC featherweight title

UFC Fight Night (10/17/20) Ortega won a five round unanimous decision over Chan Sung Jung

UFC 231 (12/8/18) Ortega lost via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) to Max Holloway at 5:00 of the fourth round in a fight for the UFC featherweight title

UFC 222 (3/3/18) Ortega knocked out Frankie Edgar at 4:44 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (12/9/17) Ortega submitted Cub Swanson via guillotine choke at 3:22 of the second round

UFC 214 (7/29/17) Ortega submitted Renato Moicano via guillotine choke at 2:59 of the third round

UFC 199 (6/4/16) Ortega knocked out Clay Guida at 4:40 of the third round

UFC 195 (1/2/16) Ortega submitted Diego Brandao via triangle choke at 1:37 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (6/6/15) Ortega stopped Thiago Tavares via strikes at 4:10 of the third round

UFC on FOX (7/26/14) Ortega’s win over Mike De La Torre was overturned to a no contest when Ortega failed a post-fight drug test.

TRAINING: Jiu-Jitsu in the morning, boxing and conditioning at night

When and why did you start training for fighting? I lived in a rough area so I started fighting at age five.

What ranks and titles have you held? Respect in the Cage and RFA featherweight champion

Do you have any heroes? My dad

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? All my hard work paid off and got me here; I want to see what I can do now in the UFC.

What was your job before you started fighting? I still teach Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Undefeated in amateur career, all finishes

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle

Favorite striking technique: Jab