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UFC Fight Night, Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez

Few would dispute that UFC men’s featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway are the two best 145-pounders in MMA.

Right behind them? We might find out on Saturday afternoon, when Brian Ortega meets Yair Rodriguez in a matinee main event of UFC Fight Night in Elmont, New York.

Ortega is 15-2 with one no contest, and the only losses have come to Volkanovski and Holloway. In fact, Ortega hasn’t fought since his unsuccessful challenge from Volkanovski last September. He is No. 4 in the ESPN featherweight rankings.

The ninth Rodriguez (13-3, 1 NC) is coming off a loss to Holloway in November. Prior to that, he had gone on a 12-fight streak with just one loss, to fellow former UFC champion Frankie Edgar.

Saturday’s main card at UBS Arena on Long Island is on ABC and ESPN+, starting at 2 p.m. ET. Preliminaries are on ESPN and ESPN+ at 11 a.m.


How to watch fights

Watch the main card on ABC: Watch ABC TV

Watch the prelims on ESPN: Watch ESPN | TV program

Stream all the fights on ESPN+: Download the ESPN app

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There is also FightCenterwhich offers live updates for every UFC card.

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


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