Brian Patrick Ortega was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, the 21st February 1991. The Mexican American professional mixed martial arts is also called T-City or Wonderboy.
Brian Ortega Career Details
He is a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Currently he is in 2nd place in the official UFC ranking.
James Luhrsen was the coach that trained Ortega at the age of 17 in a garage in Harbor City, Los Angeles. The first type of competitions he had in his career were for regional promotions only in Southern Carolina.
Brian won all the 8 fights he fought and because of that by April 2014 UFC signed him. He thanked Luhrsen for that achievement.
His career and fame picked up from that moment on. He made his debut the 26th of July 2014 -it was supposed to happen initially in May, but Brandao pulled out because of an injury and no replacement was found-, the fight was against Mike De La Torre. Ortega won, but after the fight he tested positive for drostanolone so the result ended up being “No Contest” and the fighter was fined and suspended for nine months.
Ortega’s next fight would be in June 2015 against Thiago Tavares. He won in the third round. After the fight they received the award for Fight of the Night.
In January 2016, Ortega finally faced Diego Brandao and won in the third round via triangle choke. Five months later, Ortega defeated Clay Guida also in the third round only that this time it was via flying knee near the end of the round. In October, Ortega was expected to fight with Hacran Dias at the UFC Fight Night 96, but he pulled out of the fight in September and was replaced.
In 2017, Brian Ortega faced Renato Moicao at UFC 214, again winning in the third round with a guillotine choke. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night. By the end of the year, Ortega faced Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 123, he won in the second round also by guillotine choke submission. This fight marked his career, he not only won Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night, but this win put him in the second longest current win streak in the UFC featherweight division, something only Max Holloway achieved.
In 2018, the UFC 222 fight was against Frankie Edgar, Ortega won via knockout in the first round. He became the first man to ever finish Edgar in MMA, for this he won Performance of the Night bonus. In December he finally faced Max Holloway, this fight was supposed to take place in July, but it could not happen due to Holloway pulling out for “concussion like symptoms”. The fight was the main event at UFC 231, Ortega lost for the first time in a long time at the end of the fourth round due to doctor stoppage. However, he got the Fight of the Night award.
In 2019, Ortega was going to fight against Chan Sung Jung in December at UFC on ESPN+ 23. However, Ortega had to pull out of a fight because of a knee injury. The event finally took place in October at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie. Ortega won the match by unanimous decision. Uprising his net worth to $1.25 million.
Brian Ortega Personal Life And Parents
Brian Ortega is the son of Mexican parents from Hermosillo, Sonora. Ortega remembers to be taught by his dad to box at the age of four. Since that time, he dreamt of being a champion, but it was a way of getting closer to his father.
In an interview Ortega said that he would often wonder while being a little boy why all his friends talked with their fathers, but he would be serious and not very talkative. He says that when his dad watched Julio Cesar Chavez fight his face would light up. Hence, he started taking the stop seriously and soon fell in love with it as well.
The Mexican American fighter says that his father is his hero, because he arrived in the United States without anything and waisted them, gave them a house and food. That is why he had invited his dad to the octagon to celebrate the win with him.
Ortega’s mother is also from Hermosillo, and she says that what distinguishes her son is the aggressiveness and that he is always looking to take every combat to the limit. Ortega added to these words that every time he fights, he does so with all his heart.