What’s the biggest way for a fighter in the UFC to know they have arrived?
When their fellow fighters – and opponents – offer up nothing but respect for them.
Brian Ortega has moved quickly up the ladder in the UFC’s featherweight division, as he’ll face off against former champion and top contender Frankie Edgar next month at UFC 222 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 26-year-old Ortega has scored wins in 13 of his 14 career fights, with the lone exception being a bout he won that was reversed to a no-contest. The
Back in December, Ortega submitted Cub Swanson in the second round, adding to submission wins vs. Renato Moicano and Diego Brandao. He also finished Clay Guida in 2016 via strikes.
“I’m a bad matchup for the featherweight division,” he said. “I break down my opponents. I’m going to figure it out and finish you.”
Ortega is 5-0 with a no-contest inside the Octagon.
“Brian Ortega is a dangerous opponent,” T.J. Dillashaw said. “His grappling skills are impressive. It seems like everyone falls into his game.”