Ortega is 15-2 with a no contest, and the only losses came against Volkanovski and Holloway. In fact, Ortega has not fought since his unsuccessful challenge of Volkanovski last September. He is No. 4 in the ESPN featherweight rankings.
The ninth-ranked Rodriguez (13-3, 1 NC) is coming off a loss to Holloway in November. Prior to that, he had been on a run of 12 fights with just one defeat, that coming against another former UFC champ, Frankie Edgar.
Saturday’s main card at UBS Arena on Long Island is on ABC and ESPN+, starting at 2 p.m. ET. The prelims are on ESPN and ESPN+ at 11 a.m.
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Saturday’s UFC fight card
ABC/ESPN+, 2 p.m. ET
Men’s featherweight: Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodríguez
Strawweight: Michelle Waterson vs. Amanda Lemos
Welterweight: Li Jingliang vs. Muslim Salikhov
Men’s flyweight: Matt Schnell vs. Su Mudaerji
Men’s featherweight: Shane Burgos vs. Charles Jourdain
Women’s flyweight: Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate
ESPN/ESPN+, 11 a.m. ET
Men’s bantamweight: Ricky Simón vs. Jack Shore
Middleweight: Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Punahele Soriano
Men’s featherweight: Bill Algeo vs. Herbert Burns
Light heavyweight: Dustin Jacoby vs. Da-Un Jung
Middleweight: Dwight Grant vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
Welterweight: Phil Rowe vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Strawweight: Jessica Penne vs. Emily Ducote