Brian Ortega

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Brian Ortega
Born Brian Martin Ortega[1]
(1991-02-21) February 21, 1991 (age 26)
United States
Other names T-City
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)[3]
Fighting out of Torrance, California, United States
Team Black Belt Surfing
Black House MMA Gym[4]
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 11
By knockout 2
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 0
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brian Ortega (born February 21, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, he has also formerly competed for the RFA, where he was the Featherweight Champion.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, of Mexican descent, Brian Ortega is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner who trains at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy under Rorion Gracie, and his sons Ryron, Rener, and Ralek Gracie in Torrance, California.[5] He currently fights in the UFC featherweight division.

Ortega began his career competing for regional promotions exclusively in Southern California.[6] He won his first pro-MMA championship against Carlos Garces in a five round bout via unanimous decision, becoming the Respect In The Cage featherweight champion.[7]

Ortega went on to compile an undefeated record of 8-0 before signing with the UFC in April 2014.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ortega was expected to make his promotional debut against Diego Brandao on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[9] However, Brandao pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing an injury. Due to the late nature of the change, officials did not try to find a replacement and Ortega was pulled from the card as well.[10]

Ortega eventually made his debut on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12 against Mike De La Torre.[11] Originally, a first round submission (rear-naked choke) win for Ortega, the result was changed to "No Contest" after Ortega tested positive for drostanolone during a post fight screening. Subsequently, Ortega was fined $2,500 and suspended for nine months.[12][13]

Ortega faced Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[14] He won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round.[15] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[16]

Ortega faced Diego Brandão who is a Second Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195.[17] After being down against Diego's striking for the first two rounds, Ortega rallied and won via triangle choke in the third round.[18]

At UFC 199 on June 4, 2016 Ortega defeated Clay Guida by KO in the third round. After winning the first round, Guida won the second round and looked to have the third won until Ortega rallied and won via a flying knee near the end of the round. [19]

Ortega was expected to face Hacran Dias on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[20] However, Ortega pulled out of the fight in early September and was replaced by Andre Fili.[21]

Ortega is expected to face Renato Moicano on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214.[22]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–0 (1) Clay Guida KO (knee) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 3 4:40 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 10–0 (1) Diego Brandão Submission (triangle choke) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 1:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 (1) Thiago Tavares TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 3 4:10 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Fight of the Night.
NC 8–0 (1) Mike De La Torre NC (overturned) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 1 1:39 San Jose, California, United States Originally a submission (rear-naked choke) win for Ortega; overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone.
Win 8–0 Keoni Koch Decision (split) RFA 12 January 24, 2014 5 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Won the RFA Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Jordan Rin Submission (triangle choke) RFA 9 August 6, 2013 3 2:29 Pomona, California, United States
Win 6–0 Thomas Guimond Submission (triangle choke) Respect In The Cage 20 May 4, 2013 1 4:02 Pomona, California, United States Defended the RTC Featherweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Carlos Garces Decision (unanimous) Respect In The Cage 10 March 12, 2011 5 5:00 Pomona, California, United States Won the RTC Featherweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Chris Mercado Decision (unanimous) Respect In The Cage 9 January 15, 2011 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Win 3–0 Vincent Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) Respect In The Cage 5 July 24, 2010 1 1:54 Los Angeles, California, United States
Lose 2–0 Amir Fattakhov Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: Bad Behaviour June 27, 2010 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 John Sassone Submission (triangle choke) Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force April 25, 2010 1 1:48 San Jacinto, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ California Birth Index
  2. ^ "Brian Ortega". 
  3. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ Black House MMA Brian Ortega Profile
  5. ^ a b "Certified Gracies Jiu-Jitsu Belt Holders". Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sherdog >> Fighter Profile >> Brian Ortega URL accessed on October 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Respect in the Cage Featured Fighters. URL accessed on October 11, 2011.
  8. ^ Zane Simon (2014-04-08). "Welcome to the UFC Brian Ortega". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  9. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-04-08). "Diego Brandão enfrenta o estreante Brian Ortega no TUF Brasil 3 Finale (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-19). "Diego Brandao injured, TUF: Brazil 3 Finale bout with Brian Ortega scratched". Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  11. ^ Dana Becker (2014-06-12). "UFC on FOX 12 picks up Brian Ortega-Mike De La Torre". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  12. ^ C.J. Tuttle (August 22, 2014). "Ex-RFA Champ Brian Ortega tests positive for anabolic steroids following UFC on Fox 12". Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ Tristen Critchfield (August 23, 2014). "Brian Ortega apologizes for failed drug test at UFC on Fox 12". Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (May 5, 2015). "Thiago Tavares announces fight with Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night 68". Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ Damon Martin (2015-06-06). "Brian Ortega TKO's Thiago Tavares in crowd pleasing battle". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  16. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-06-07). "UFC Fight Night 68 bonuses: Dustin Poirier gets $50,000 in front of home fans". Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  17. ^ Staff (2015-11-14). "Brian Ortega vs. Diego Brandao added to UFC 195 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  18. ^ Steven Marrocoo (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Brian Ortega's sick jiu-jitsu leads to triangle choke of Diego Brandao". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  19. ^ Dave Doley (2016-06-04). "UFC 199 results: Brian Ortega steals win from Clay Guida with last-minute knockout". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  20. ^ Staff (2016-08-03). "Hacran Dias vs. Brian Ortega added to UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland". Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  21. ^ Staff (2016-09-12). "Brian Ortega withdraws from UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland". Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  22. ^ Brian Martin (2017-05-26). "Brian Ortega returns at UFC 214 vs. Renato Moicano". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
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