As a young boy, after watching Royce Gracie in the early days of the UFC. A 13 year old Brian Ortega tried out jiu-jitsu — and as it happened, turned out to be a prodigy. Now that he’s added striking to his game, all while cultivating his unteachable resilience. Ortega may be the most exciting prospect in the UFC’s stacked featherweight division.
We recount his undefeated rise through the UFC as told by the man himself, his trainers, UFC analysts and his opponents. He faces the former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3. In a fight which was originally scheduled to be for the title against Max Holloway.
But now, Frankie once again finds himself on the cusp with a huge mountain to climb. Facing the fast rising star of Ortega in a pivotal point like this is such a tough bind for the former champion. With so much hype behind Ortega, can he deliver the goods and emerge as the brightest star outside of Blessed at 145 lbs?