Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega

Full NameBrian Ortega

BornFebruary 21, 1991

Height5 ft 9 in



Brian "T-City" Ortega is the current #2 ranked UFC Featherweight Fighter with a professional MMA record of 15-wins, 2-losses, and 1-N/C. Ortega has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a former RFA Featherweight Champion.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Brian Ortega UFC
  3. Brian Ortega vs Alexander Volkanovski
  4. Brian Ortega Career Stats
  5. Brian Ortega Last Fight
  6. Brian Ortega Record

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Early Life and Career

Brain Ortega started his combat sports journey at age 5 when he started training in Muay Thai and later began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by age 13.

Ortega transitioned to MMA in 2010 and made his debut at Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force against John Sassone. He won his next fight at Gladiator Challenge and signed with Respect in The Cage in mid-2010.

Ortega won 2-bouts at Respect in The Cage to earn a title shot against Carlos Garces for the RTC Featherweight Championship. Brain outworked Garces throughout the fight and earned a unanimous decision victory to win the title. He successfully defended the title against Thomas Guimond via first-round submission before leaving the promotion to sign with the RFA (Resurrection Fighting Alliance).

He won his RFA debut at RFA 9 against Jordan Rinaldi via third-round triangle choke submission to earn a title shot at the RFA Featherweight Championship against Keoni Koch. Ortega squeezed out a split decision victory over Koch in the 5-round encounter to win the RFA Featherweight Championship. He left the promotion after the title win to join the UFC in 2014.

Brian Ortega UFC

Brain Ortega made his UFC debut against Mike De La Torre at UFC on Fox 12: Lawler vs. Brown. Ortega out grappled Torre to score a first-round submission victory via triangle choke that later got overturned to a No Contest due to Ortega testing positive for an anabolic-androgenic steroid called Drostanolone that resulted in Ortega receiving a nine-month suspension.

Brian made his return at UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson against Thiago Tavares. Both fighters put on a back-and-forth encounter that ended with Ortega TKO'ing Tavares in the last minute of the fight and both fighters receiving a Performance of the Night bonus.

Ortega continued on his winning streak momentum as he defeated the likes of Clay Guida via KO, Renato Moicano via submission, and Cub Swanson via submission to receive his first Performance of the Night bonus.

He next KO'ed former UFC Featherweight champion Frankie Edgar to earn a title shot for the UFC Featherweight Championship against Max Holloway at UFC 226, later shifted to UFC 231 because of Holloway suffering concussion-like symptoms.

Max schooled Ortega and dominated him throughout the fight to put a blemish on Ortega's perfect record. The fight got stopped at the end of the fourth round via doctor's stoppage due to the damage inflicted on Ortega's body.

Brian bounced back from the loss and returned to the sport after 20-months to fight "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie. Ortega outworked Jung and secured a unanimous decision victory.

Ortega next became a coach opposite Alexander Volkanovski for The Ultimate Fighter 29 to build to the title fight between the two fighters.

Brian Ortega fought Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 266 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. The fighters put on a fight of the year contender bout that ended on the Judges' scorecard. The judges handed Ortega the loss via unanimous decision, though he did earn the Fight of the Night award for the bout.

Brian Ortega vs Alexander Volkanovski

Brian Ortega fought Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 266 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. Volkanovski controlled the fight in the first and second rounds by landing nearly double the number of strikes on Ortega.

Ortega showcased his prowess in the third round as he knocked down Volkanovski with a straight punch and locked in a tight Guillotine choke that could have led to Volkanovski passing out. However, Alexander escaped from the guillotine but got trapped in a triangle chokehold. The champion showcased his tenacity and powered through the hold to come back on the feet.

Brian showcased signs of gassing out in the championship rounds as his output decreased and forced to go to defense, especially in the fourth round. The last round saw both the fighters pushing out the last of their gas tank and ended with blood dripping out of Ortega's face as the bout went to the judges' scorecard.

Ortega lost the fight via unanimous decision.

UFC 266: Volkanovski v Ortega

Brian Ortega Career Stats

Current Status:

Brian Ortega's current record stands at 15-2 (1). He is on a 1-fight losing streak in the UFC



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 3

Wins by Submission:

  1. 7

Wins by Decision:

  1. 5

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 69 in (175cm)


  1. 145 lb / 66 kg

Weight Class:

  1. Featherweight

Brian Ortega Last Fight

Brian Ortega's last fight was against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 266 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. Ortega lost the fight via Unanimous Decision.

Brian Ortega Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Brian Ortega:

Loss15-2 (1)Alexander VolkanovskiDecision (unanimous)UFC 26625/09/2021
Win15-1 (1)Chan Sung JungDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie18/10/2020
Loss14-1 (1)Max HollowayTKO (doctor stoppage)UFC 23108/12/2020
Win14-0 (1)Frankie EdgarKO (punch)UFC 22203/03/2018
Win13-0 (1)Cub SwansonSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega09/12/2017
Win12-0 (1)Renato MoicanoSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 21429/07/2017
Win11-0 (1)Clay GuidaKO (knee)UFC 19904/06/2017
Win10-0 (1)Diego BrandãoSubmission (triangle choke)UFC 19502/01/2016
Win9-0 (1)Thiago TavaresTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson06/06/2015
NC8-0 (1)Mike De La TorreNC (overturned)UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown26/07/2014
Win8-0Keoni KochDecision (split)RFA 1224/01/2014
Win7-0Jordan RinaldiSubmission (triangle choke)RFA 906/08/2013
Win6-0Thomas GuimondSubmission (triangle choke)Respect In The Cage 2004/05/2013
Win5-0Carlos GarcesDecision (unanimous)Respect In The Cage 1012/03/2011
Win4-0Chris MercadoDecision (unanimous)Respect In The Cage 915/11/2011
Win3-0Vincent MartinezSubmission (rear-naked choke)Respect In The Cage 524/07/2010
Win2-0Amir FattakhovDecision (unanimous)Gladiator Challenge: Bad Behaviour27/06/2010
Win1-0John SassoneSubmission (triangle choke)Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force25/05/2010

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