UFC's July 16 main event is set with Brian Ortega (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) battling Yair Rodriguez (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y.
The promotion Thursday announced the main event booking. ESPN Deportes was first report the matchup when the bout was in the works.
Ortega last faced Alexander Volkanovski on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
While, Rodríguez was scheduled to face Max Holloway on July 17, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 26. Rodríguez's return was delayed once more, as it was reported on June 17, 2021, that Holloway was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
The bout was rescheduled on November 13, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 197. Rodríguez lost the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
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