Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega aimed to clear up the featherweight title picture. But for Ortega, the injury made things more complicated. UFC Long Island main event on Saturdays Ortegas shoulder dislocated and ended in less than a round.
During the exchange with Rodriguez; N.Y.Y. An ending that deflated the crowd at UBS Arena in Elmont.
An impressive victory would give Rodriguez a shot. Rodriguez could deliver an impressive victory over UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski to capture the title.
Ortega was able to position himself for a rematch with The Great. However, a strong race result appears to have opened the door for another name to enter.
UFC President Dana White certainly knows that
Like everyone else, Ortega was disappointed when he couldn’t continue. UFC President Dana White certainly knows that.
The fight was awesome, White said at the evening’s post-fight press conference. It’s a rough sport so unexpected things happen. But to have something like that and it’s shaping up to be a big fight. What do you do when these things happen?
After the fight, Rodriguez and Ortega both said they would like to fight each other again under the auspices of the UFC.
However, White is concerned that Ortega will need treatment for his injury. That injury could sideline Ortega for the foreseeable future.
Ortega needs shoulder surgery, White said. He had shoulder surgery. It takes a long time to recover. It was a nightmare for his life. See what happens, I’m not even thinking about it at the moment, but it’s great that we both want to do it.
While Rodriguez awaits his next assignment, Ortega is awaiting the results of a medical check up. That seems to leave top contender Josh Emmett to challenge Volkanovski.
Last June in Austin, he won by points against Calvin Kattar. After that bout, Emmett climbed to #7 in the MMA Fightings Global Rankings.
It was a five-game winning streak for Emmett. His team Alpha Male coach Urijah Faber campaigned hard for Emmett to win titles.The coach called his UFC fighter a bull.
When asked about the organization of Emmett and the Fabers, White responded with glee.
All men think they should be men, but take a good look at what can happen, White said. listen There is no doubt that Josh is a great guy.
When he ask Can Rodriguez and Emmett fight for the interim title? White agreed that it was possible. Especially since I heard that Volkanovski is undergoing surgery to address a hand injury.
White said he thought something was wrong with Volkanovski’s hand and he was going to need surgery. For the interim title [Rodriguez vs. Emmett] Are you asking if it’s possible? I understand that, I don’t hate it.