One second, Brian Ortega was bringing the combat into his world. The subsequent second, Yair Rodriguez was celebrating.
But it surely wasn’t the thrilling end the sellout crowd of 16,979 followers at UBS Area hoped for from the UFC’s return to Lengthy Island, as a suspected Ortega shoulder dislocation secured Rodriguez a first-round TKO after simply 4:11 of motion.
“Once I went to the ground, I went for the armbar, and I used to be trapping him actually tight along with his arm,” Rodriguez informed reporters. “And I believe within the second he was attempting to get the arm out from there, I noticed him doing a face and was like, OK, one thing occurred.”
The harm interrupted what had been a quick begin on the ft adopted by a number of minutes of extra labored clinch work. Ortega, a harmful submission menace, had scored a takedown on Rodriguez, a flashy striker, and regarded to maneuver to a extra dominant place.
Impulsively, Ortega flopped to his again and clutched his proper shoulder because the referee waved off the bout.
UFC fighter Brian Ortega is tended to by trainers after struggling an obvious separate shoulder within the first spherical of his TKO loss to Yair Rodriguez.Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
“I don’t understand how this occurred. I wished to maintain going,” stated a disenchanted Ortega afterward within the octagon, noting he already has had two earlier shoulder surgical procedures and was involved about one other.
“I attempted to clear the leg after which my arm simply popped out.”
After the adrenaline rush of the referee stoppage waned, Rodriguez settled all the way down to ask Ortega — whom Rodriguez considers a good friend — about what occurred.
Yair Rodriguez kicks Brian Ortega throughout their UFC bout.Getty Photos
Each males expressed curiosity in a rematch after the bizarre end. Rodriguez had stated throughout the week that he’d been informed a title shot towards Alexander Volkanovski could be within the playing cards with a victory, though the character of the win may alter plans.
UFC president Dana White, chatting with the media after the bout, stated he favored the suggestion of a Rodriguez interim title combat towards contender Josh Emmett. Volkanovski suffered a hand fracture in his title protection earlier this month.
Yair Rodriguez of Mexico reacts after his victory over Brian Ortega in a featherweight combat.Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Within the strawweight co-main occasion of a uncommon afternoon UFC predominant card — as a result of it was aired by ABC for the primary time since final 12 months — Amanda Lemos pressured a tap-out through guillotine choke on Michelle Waterson-Gomez within the second spherical.
Lemos locked within the choke when Waterson-Gomez left her head uncovered on a takedown entry. After a number of seconds of cranking the fully-locked maintain, Waterson-Gomez provided two delicate faucets along with her left hand.