Brian Ortega lost to Yair Rodriguez in UFC main event due to shoulder injury

Brian Ortega lost to Yair Rodriguez in UFC main event due to shoulder injury

Brian Ortega lost to Yair Rodriguez in UFC main event due to shoulder injury

Brian Ortega lost to Yair Rodriguez in UFC main event due to shoulder injury

One moment, Brian Ortega was bringing the fight into his world. The next moment, Yair Rodriguez was celebrating. 

Brian Ortega lost to Yair Rodriguez in UFC main event due to shoulder injury

But it wasn’t the thrilling finish the sellout crowd of 16,979 fans at UBS Arena hoped for from the UFC’s return to Long 

Island, as a suspected Ortega shoulder dislocation secured Rodriguez a first-round TKO after just 4:11 of action. 

When I went to the floor, I went for the armbar, and I was trapping him really tight with his arm,” Rodriguez told 

reporters. “And I think in the moment he was trying to get the arm out from there, I saw him doing a face and was like, OK, something happened.” 

The injury interrupted what had been a fast start on the feet followed by several minutes of more labored clinch work. 

Ortega, a dangerous submission threat, had scored a takedown on Rodriguez, a flashy striker, and looked to move 

to a more dominant position. All of a sudden, Ortega flopped to his back and clutched his right shoulder as the referee waved off the bout.

“I don’t know how this happened. I wanted to keep going,” said a disappointed Ortega afterward in the octagon, noting he already has had two previous shoulder surgeries and was concerned about another. “I tried to clear the leg and then my arm just popped out.”