Brian Ortega

Birth Day February 21st, 1991
Birth Place Los Angeles, California, the USA
Age 33 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Pisces

About Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at present. Since 2010, he has also competed in the RFA, where he was the Featherweight Champion. He fought the reigning UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway, in his first-ever title shot at UFC 321 in the main event. Ortega suffered his very first UFC defeat against Max on 9th December 2018. He has also received a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of Rener Gracie and was also American promotion, RFA Featherweight Champion. As of 30th July 2020, he was #2 in the UFC featherweight rankings. He has personal and verified accounts on different social media platforms. On Instagram, he has an account @briancity with 730K followers. He has a Twitter account @BrianTcity with 158K followers. On Facebook, he goes by the account @BrianOrtega with more than 4.5k followers. He is nicknamed as T-City. 

Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung finally squared off at Fight Island. The pair headlined the second last event of the UFC's second trip to Abu Dhabi. The card was extremely stacked and featured some incredible performances. Andrade, Crute, and Nurmagomedov all stunned the fans with some incredible stoppages. Fighting for the first time since he was badly outclassed in a UFC championship fight in late 2018, Ortega (15-1) looked like a new man in a dominant, five-round decision over Chan Sung Jung (16-6). All three judges scored the featherweight bout; which headlined UFC Fight Night on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; a 50-45 shutout for Ortega. The victory earned Ortega, 29, the next crack at defending featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski, who is coming off back-to-back wins over Max Holloway. Following their five-round war, Ortega and Chan showed the fans what MMA is all about at its core, respect. After the fight as "T-City" went over to congratulate his opponent, he was met with a friendly slap. The pair then embraced each other, before displaying the ultimate sign of respect.

Brian Ortega is famous for being an MMA fighter who currently competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is best known for fighting against Frankie Edgar on 3rd March 2018, at UFC 222. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. In doing so, he became the first man to ever finish Edgar in MMA.

Brian Ortega vs The Korean Zombie

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On 21st February 1991, Brian Ortega was born in Los Angeles, California, the USA. His real name/birth name is Brian Martin Ortega. He holds both American-Mexican nationality and his ethnicity is American-White. Both his parents are from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He grew up in the section 8 housing project of San Pedro, California; his hometown. His race is white. Pisces is his star sign and his religion is Christian. At the tender age of five, he began learning martial arts. When he turned 13, he started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and started off his fighting career with the regional MMA promotions of Southern California. As of 2020, he celebrated his 29th birthday. 

Brian Ortega is a very handsome person with a strong and athletic body build. He stands tall at the height of 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm with a balanced weight of 146 lbs or 66 KG or 10 st 6 lb. His highest reach is 69 in or 175 cm. He gained his strong body with his strict exercise routines and a healthy balanced diet. He has a pair of blue eyes color and his hair color is black. 

Brian Ortega's Fighting Career

  • Brian Ortega started his career competing for regional promotions exclusively in Southern California after being trained by boxing coach, James Luhrsen. 
  • Against Carlos Garces, he won his first pro-MMA championship in a five-round bout via unanimous decision, becoming the Respect In The Cage featherweight champion.
  • After then, he signed with UFC in April 2014 and he was expected to make his promotional debut against Diego Brandao on 31st May 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. But Brandao pulled out of the bout due to injury. 
  • Later, he made his debut on July 26, 2014, at UFC on Fox 12 against Mike De La Torre. He tested positive for drostanolone during a post-fight screening. Due to which, he was fined $2,500 and suspended for nine months.
  • He faced Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68 and won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round. Both, Thiago and Ortega were awarded Fight of the Night honors.
  • On 2nd January 2016, he faced Diego Brandao, who is a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. 
  • He defeated Clay Guida by KO in the third round at UFC 199 on 4th June 2016. 
  • He was expected to face Hacran Dias on October 1, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 96 but he pulled out of the fight in early September. 
  • After that, he faced Renato Moicano on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 and won the back and forth fight via submission in the third round with a guillotine choke, while both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonus.
  • He faced Cub Swanson on December 9, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 123 where he won the fight. 
  • He faced Frankie Edgar on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222 and won the match via knockout becoming the first man to ever finish Edgar in MMA which earned him the Performance of the Night bonus. 
  • Later, he was scheduled to face Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight Championship on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226 but he pulled from the fight. 
  • He fought against Max Holloway on 8th December 2018 in UFC 231 where he lost the fight. 
  • He was scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung on December 21, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 23. But he pulled out of the fight in early December citing a knee injury.
  • The bout against Jung eventually took place on October 18, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie where he won the bout by unanimous decision.
  • Regarding his MMA Records, he fought for 16 matches out of which he won 14 matches, lost 1 match and 1 match was No Contest. 

Brian Ortega, a famous MMA fighter


Awards and Achievements of Brian Ortega

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Fight of the Night (Four times) vs. Thiago Tavares, Renato Moicano, Cub Swanson, and Max Holloway
  • Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar

World MMA Awards

  • 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

  • 2015 June Fight of the Month vs. Thiago Tavares

Resurrection Fighting Alliance

  • RFA Featherweight Champion (one time)

Brian Ortega's Personal Life

Brian Ortega is not married yet and he is still to get married. There were some speculations between him and Halle Berry. However, they confirmed their relationships having a very good friendship and nothing more than. Other than this, he has not tied with any lady or he has introduced himself. Besides this, there is no information on his past relationship or dating history. He loves to spend his free time relaxing in exotic and memorable places. Also, he spends his quality time practicing martial arts and learning new tactics and strategies. He is currently focusing on his career rather than spending his valuable time making a girlfriend. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay. 

Brian Ortega and Halle Berry Rumored To be Dating


On 8th March 2020, a police report was filed against him for allegedly slapping K-Pop singer Jay Park, translator for Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie), at UFC 248.

Brian Ortega's Net Worth and Salary

Brian Ortega is a professional MMA fighter who has made a huge amount of money throughout his career. As of 2020, Brian Ortega's net worth is reported to have $2.5 million. His contract with UFC currently in progress, he signed a long-term deal with fight promotions in the year 2014. In the debut fight Ortega defeat Mike De La Torre, but later the fight record as (no-contest), according to news sources, this happened because Ortega reported being test positive (drostanolone). In the second fight on UFC contract, Ortega defeat (Thiago Tavares) and earned a fight-night bonus of $50k his overall earnings increased to $70k based on the guaranteed payout and fight to win bonus. As his salary is not known, however, it was reported he earned around $100,000 for his UFC bout against Cub Swanson on December 9, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 123. He was one of the highest-paid fighters at UFC 22 earning $200,000 after defeating Frankie Edgar. Moreover, he earned $52,000 after defeating Renato Moicano at UFC 214. He had made a hefty amount from his fighting career which is his major source of wealth. He also makes a profitable amount from endorsement deals and advertisements. He is living a luxurious lifestyle at present. 

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