Jair Rodriguez got what he wanted, not exactly what he expected.
The UFC featherweight contender defeated Brian Ortega in Saturday’s UFC main event on ABC 3 after a shoulder injury ended the bout in the first round.
In the official result, Rodriguez (14–3 MMA, 9–2 UFC) defeated Ortega (15–3 MMA, 7–3 UFC) by TKO (injury) at 4:11 of Round 1. The featherweight match was the UFC on ABC 3 main event at the UBS Arena in Elmont, NY
The fight was fast, but Rodriguez clearly did the most damage while it lasted.
The Mexican star was tagging Ortega with leg kicks and shots to the head and body. For a time, Ortega pressed and controlled Rodriguez against the cage. He took a takedown shortly after. Rodriguez would attempt an armbar and lift his shoulder as Ortega exited the submission. Ortega immediately fell back to the canvas in pain, and the fight was over.
With this win, Rodriguez is back in the winning column after losing to former champion Max Holloway back in November. Rodriguez is 3-1 and has no match in his last five UFC outings.
Meanwhile, Ortega is now on a two-fight losing streak. This is the first time in his career that he has to face consecutive defeats. Ortega entered the UFC on ABC 3 last September after losing to Alexander Volkanowski in a featherweight title match. It was the first time Ortega had lost outside a championship fight.
Up-to-the-minute UFC on ABC 3 results include:
Yair Rodriguez def. Brian Ortega via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 4:11
Amanda Lemos def. Michelle Waterson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:48
Li Jingliang def. Muslim Salikhov via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:38
Matt Schnell def. Su Mudarji via Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) – Round 2, 4:24
Shane Burgos def. Charles Jourdain by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Lauren Murphy def. Misha Tait via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Punahel Soriano def. Dalcha Lungiambula via knockout (punches) – Round 2,
Ricky Simon def. Jack Shore Via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) – Round 2, 3:28
Bill Algio def. Herbert Burns via TKO (retirement) – Round 2, 1:50
Dustin Jacobi def. Da-Un Jung by knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:13
Dustin Stoltzfus def. Dwight Grant via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Emily Ducote def. Jessica Penn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
For more information on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s Event Hub for UFC on ABC 3.