Three Great UFC Fights Still to Come In July of 2022

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Usually we write about three MMA fights we’re excited for during the month ahead, but July is so jam packed with great MMA fights  that we really had trouble picking fights we are super excited for, so we decided to look at some great fights during the second half of the month. Dana White and the matchmakers have put together some amazing Cards in the month of July. 

Brian Ortega Vs. Yair Rodríguez UFC Fight Night Ortega Vs. Rodriquez July 16th

Brian “T-City” Ortega will make his return to the UFC octagon at UFC Fight Night Ortega Vs. Rodriquez, live from the UBS Arena, in Elmont New York. Ortega was in the fight of the year when he faced off against Alexander Volanovski, where Ortega took significant damage, but almost pulled off a bunch of amazing submissions against the Australian Featherweight Champ. Ortega has the best Jiu Jitsu in the UFC and we hope we get some crazy submission action from Ortega. Across the cage from him will be Yair Rodríguez has a 13-3(1) record and has been mostly inactive with his only fight in the last three years being a loss to Max Holloway.

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt UFC London July 23rd

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ took the MMA world and internet world by storm when he popped up in the UFC apex last year the MMA star has been in San Diego training Judo and has gone through a spectacular weight loss transformation after a heavy bulk up after his last fight. The Liverpool lad is electric to watch, and always puts on a show. People forget how good Paddy’s amazing Jiu Jitsu is with eight of his victories coming by way of submission. Jordan Leavitt will be Pimblett’s opponent Leavitt is a 10-1 Lightweight who has six submission victories in his short MMA career. This should be an interesting fight between the pair.

Amanda Nunes Vs Julianna Peña UFC 277

The biggest gambling upset in the MMA world was when Julianna Peña shocked the world and took the Bantamweight title from the Lioness Amanda Nunes. The pair which are coaches on the Ultimate Fighter will face off again for the Bantamweight title at UFC 277. Nunes is still a favorite on every sports book for the rematch but not as heavy a favorite as she was in the last fight, we’re Peña showed everyone what a punchers chance really means. Nunes, who holds her Black Belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and can throw her heavy hands, successfully defended the Bantamweight belt five times and won the Featherweight title in the process of defending that belt twice. We shall see if she regains the Bantamweight belt next.

What’s Next For Calvin Kattar?

UFC Fight Night: Kattar v Chikadze
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Calvin Kattar put on a fight of the year candidate when he stepped into the Octagon on Saturday night On the first UFC card of the year against Giga Chikadze. These two fighters went to war, and it left many wondering what is next for “The Boston Finisher.” There are some fights that I think make sense. The first would be a matchup between Kattar and submission expert Brian Ortega. One fight that also makes sense is a matchup between Kattar and Yair  Rodríguez. Another possible fight would be between the loser of Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie at UFC 273 in April. I think these fights make sense. 

The first fight is between Kattar and Ortega. Ortega is coming off a title loss to UFC Featherweight Champion Volkanovski in our pick for fight of the year for 2021. Ortega, who is a Black Belt under Rener Gracie has an impressive record of 15-2-(1) with nearly half of those coming by way of submission. Now Kattar has a wrestling background but he tends to lean towards a more strike heavy offense with 11 of his 23 wins coming by way of Knockout. This would be an awesome Striker vs Grappler fight and we all know how much the UFC loves to  put on those types of stylistic mismatch of fights.

 Yair  Rodríguez also works as an option for Kattar. Rodriguez is coming off a loss to Featherweight Goat Max Holloway. Rodriguez sports an impressive 13–3-(1) record with his only losses in the UFC coming from bouts against the aforementioned Holloway and to Frankie Edgar. Rodriquez is a striker holding a Black Belt in Taekwondo with the majority of his finishes coming by way of knockout. This would be a good fight where Rodriguez would stand up and throw shots at each other until they’re both bruised up or someone gets Knocked out it’d definitely be a fun fight to watch. 

The final option for Kattar would be a matchup between him and the winner of Volanovski vs. The Korean Zombie. Let’s be honest I don’t think that Volkanovski will lose his title anytime soon so it is likely it will be a matchup between Kattar and Chan Sung Jung. Jung is like a swiss army knife of fighters with a 3rd dan black belt in Hapkido, 2nd dan black belt in Taekwondo, a Black belt in Judo,and a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This would be an interesting matchup between the two fighters. Because of Jung’s proficiency in all those disciplines.

Calvin Kattar is a solid contender in the Featherweight division. It’ll be interesting to see who he faces next.

Fighter Profile: Tracy Cortez

Cortez securing her win against Justine Kish. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images/UFC

After making quite the impression with her victory over Mariya Agapova on Dana White’s Contender Series. UFC Flyweight Tracy Cortez has a perfect record with the promotion winning her three fights with the organization. Cortez has quite the inspirational story and her perseverance just to get involved in MMA is amazing

Cortez was born December 10, 1993 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her parents were immigrants who worked hard her mother eventually became a US citizen. She was the only girl out of four children and wasn’t allowed to play any sports. Her brothers Wrestled and her brother fought MMA. Unfortunately her brother would pass away from cancer, at this point Cortez would start fighting MMA and this led her to end up fighting herself. This caused a rift in the family and her dad kicked her out. Her involvement in MMA turned her life around towards something positive. 

Cortez would compile a perfect 4-0 record in her amtature fights. This would lead her to go pro, she’d make her pro debut against Cheri Muraski at Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya vs. Pa’aluhi. Cortez would lose by Submission (guillotine choke.) She’d then face Roxanne Ceasear for World Fighting Federation 36 in November of 2017, she’d win by Unanimous Decision. Kaytlin Neil would be Cortez’s next opponent and Cortez would win via Submission. She’d win her next three fights compiling a pro record of 5-1. It was at this time that Cortez got the call to be on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Cortez made her big debut on The Contender Series in July of 2019 she’d win by Unanimous Decision. Cortez was now on the UFC roster and would make her UFC debut in November of 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré against Vanessa Melo. Cortez would win her bout against Melo via Unanimous Decision. She’d then face Stephanie Egger in October of 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen. Cortez would win by Unanimous Decision. She’d go on to face Justine Kish she’d win by Split Decision. Thus moving her MMA record to an impressive 9-1.

 It is not known who Cortez will face next but with her impressive skills her future is definitely bright. Cortez is definitely making her brother and mother proud.

What’s Next For Brian Ortega?

Brian Ortega outclasses 'Korean Zombie' in return to Octagon -
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Brian Ortega put on the best fight of the year in all of MMA and in 2021 and since that fight in September Ortega has been on medical suspension and it is halfway done and will end in March, so in this piece we look at possibilities for what’s next for Ortega. Ortega is one of the best Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the UFC promtion and MMA as a whole. His submissions almost got him a title in 2021 and we think there are some great fights that Ortega could partake in. Could a fight with number three ranked Yair Rodriquez be in the cards. Another possibility would be a fight between Ortega and the winner of the next UFC Fight Night headlining bout between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. Or could a rematch between Alexander Volkanovski be in the cards.

One of the most interesting fights would be a fight between Ortega and Rodriquez. Rodriquez is coming off a loss to Max Holloway in a title eliminator in November. Rodriquez has an impressive record with his only losses in the UFC coming against Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway.  Rodriquez had an impressive record of 5-1 before reaching the UFC and his striking is very good. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo and four of his 13 wins have come by knockout. Rodriquez has submission skills too, but if he were to face Ortega in the UFC Octagon I think he’d definitely want to keep the fight standing as Ortega’s Jiu Jitsu is next level. This striker vs. Grappler matchup would be a great fight.

Another possible matchup for Ortega could be the winner of the bout between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. Kattar has a wrestling background and it would be interesting to see his wrestling matched up against Ortega’s Jiu jitsu. It would make for a great matchup. Kattar has a pretty good record at 22-5 and is coming off a loss to the greatest Featherweight of all time, Holloway. Chikadze sports an impressive 14-2 record and is currently ranked eighth in the Featherweight division. He is riding an impressive nine fight win streak and he hopes to make it ten when he faces off against Kattar. Chikadze is a striker and a Black Belt in both Goju-ryu Karate and Kyokushin Karate. This would be another great striker vs Grappler matchup for Ortega. 

Speaking directly as a fan I’d love to see a rematch with Alexander Volkanovski. Volkanovski and Ortega put on a great show in their last outings. Volkanovski slipped out of a mounted guillotine choke that anyone else in the UFC definitely would have tapped out of. Volkanovski showed why he is the champ, but as a fan I would love to see these two run it back again. Volanovski sports an impressive 23-1 record and is on a 20 fight win streak. With impressive wins over Chad Mendes, José Aldo, and Holloway. Volanovski has an impressive number of Knockout wins at 11 of his 21 wins coming that way, but he also has an impressive three wins by submission. I want to see Ortega vs. Volkanovski II.

I’m not Dana White or the UFC matchmakers but I think these would be awesome matchup for the UFC to put on. And I’m excited to see who Ortega fights next.


Ortega lands a shot on The Korean Zombie in in Abu Dhabi. Photo Credit: Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Brian Ortega showed his fighting IQ in the latest season of the Ultimate Fighter. The 30 year old featherweight coached a group of contestants who were UFC hopefuls at bantamweight and middleweights. The opposing coach this season was Alexander Volkanovski. Ortega is scheduled to make a return to the UFC Octagon against Volkanovski on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. Ortega comes into the Octagon with a 15-1 record and is currently ranked #2 in the Featherweight division.

Ortega was born on February 21, 1991 in Los Angeles California. Ortega is of Mexican descent. Ortega is a lifelong martial artist. He started his training at the age of five doing Muay Thai. At age 13 Ortega started training Brazilian Jiu JItsu under Rorion Gracie and his sons Ryron, Rener, and Ralek Gracie at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA.  At age 17 Ortega met a boxing coach named James Luhrsen. Luhrsen took Ortega in and started adding a heavy striking emphasis to Ortega’s fight strategy. 

Ortega Says of his training background in an interview with Fighters Only; “My backgrounds are in Gracie jiu-jitsu and boxing. In Gracie jiu-jitsu we let the opponent defeat themselves. In boxing, when you first start, you figure each other out and pick up the pace as he goes.” He added that his fighting style is very planned out  “Everything we’ve done has been strategic. We’ve always talked about it.”

Ortega began his fighting career in 2010 with a win over John Sassone by submission. He would go on to win his next 7 fights including two titles in The Respect In The Cage promotion and RFA. Ortega made his UFC promotional debut with a win by submission (rear-naked choke,) but the win was overturned after Ortega tested positive for drostanolone. He went on to win his next six fights in the UFC which earned Ortega a title shot against Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway. Unfortunately Ortega lost the bout, earning him the only loss of his career. 

Ortega will get another title shot at UFC 266 where he’ll face current Featherweight Champion, Alexander Volkanovski in a 5 Round Championship Bout. Both Volkanovski and Ortega  have only one loss in their professional careers. With Volkanovski riding a 19 fight win streak. It’s sure to be the fight of the night.  

UFC 266 Preview

UFC 266: Valentina Shevchenko plans to 'destroy' Lauren Murph - Sports  Illustrated

After a pandemic and an unprecedented year of growth for the UFC, we have the best card of the year coming up with UFC 266 on Saturday September 25th 2021 at 10 PM EDT . With two title fights and the return of Nick Diaz in a 5-round bout, this is primed to be an amazing night of fights that hasn’t been seen since before the pandemic.

First off we have a fight in the women’s flyweight division between number one ranked Jessica Andrade, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Gilliard Parana with a record of 21-9-0 coming off a loss to Valntina Shevchenko at UFC 261. Her opponent Cynthia Calvillo who is fighting out of Tiger Muay Thai, Calvillo who is ranked fifth in the division is also coming off a loss to Katlyn Chookagian. 

we have a bout between number four ranked Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes and  number six ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Blaydes who sports a record of 14-3-0 with 1 no contest is looking for a quick bounce back after a KO loss to number 3 ranked Heavyweight Derrick Lewis. Rozenstruik on the other hand is coming off a TKO victory against number nine ranked heavyweight Augusto Sakai. .

Two Months ago we saw the return of Nate Diaz, but now It’s time for the other Diaz brother to make his return. Nick Diaz who has not fought since 2015 is supposedly making his return to the Octagon at UFC 266 for a rematch between himself and Robbie Lawler. Lawler is coming off four straight losses and it will be interesting to see who will win. And if so-called “Ring Rust” will be at play for Diaz who was the victor of the first time these fighters met in the octagon at UFC 47 in April of 2004. The rematch will be happening 17 years later, the longest gap between an original fight and the rematch in UFC history with a stunning 6,384 days between the two contests.

The following bout is the first of two title fights of the night between Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Schevchenko, and number three ranked Lauren Murphy. Schevchenko who is riding a seven win streak and looks to make it eight straight. She has become an unstoppable force in that division and is a heavy favorite to win on September 25th against third ranked Murphy. 

The main event of UFC 266 is sure to be the fight of the night as Featherweight Champion, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski is set to take on fellow TUF coach Brian Ortega in a 5 Round Championship Bout. Both of these fighters have only one loss in their professional careers. With Volkanovski riding a 19 fight win streak. Both these fighters have shown their fight IQ as coaches in The Return of The Ultimate fighter on ESPN+. And it is sure to be a great fight. Volkanovski comes in as a favorite to defend his belt but the odds are very tight and subject to change. 

It looks like it’ll be a good night of fights.