Updated: Jul 17, 2022
UFC on ABC 3 Saturday's main event at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York unfortunately ended with a big upset. Probably no one would have thought so, that's why they say that misfortune can come anytime anywhere.
A highly-anticipated fight between top-ranked UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez and Brian Ortega on ABC 3 headliner ended in a disappointing fashion due to an injury in the opening round.
Rodriguez scored a technical knockout victory over Brian Ortega on Saturday after his opponent suffered a right shoulder injury in the first round of their featherweight clash at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. The bout ended when Ortega appeared to dislocate his shoulder trying to dislodge himself from Rodriguez's armbar at the 4:11 mark of the first round.
Unfortunately, the fight was taking a competitive shape before it ended. Rodriguez dominated the exchanges with straight punches and a variety of kicks, while Ortega looked to pressure his opponent and close the distance. "T-City" scored a takedown late in the period, and that's when Rodriguez attempted an armbar off his back. Soon after, Ortega freed herself from the difficulty but was unable to continue after a dislocated shoulder. The former title challenger was at a loss to explain what happened in the immediate aftermath.
Rodriguez (14-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was hoping to earn a shot at UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski with a win, but with the unexpected result, it's unclear if that will come to pass.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez said he'd be happy to one-day rematch Ortega (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), a man he considers a friend, but hopefully with the title on the line. Will be.
Ortega said after the bout, "I don't know how it happened. Maybe nobody knew it would happen. I came fully prepared. I was ready to take the fight to the last bull. But it happened." As you all know, I have already had two surgeries on my arm and may need a third."
While on the other hand, Rodriguez said after the fight. "Obviously it was a really tough fight and it could have been a good show. We were trying to do as much damage as we could. But then unfortunately he dislocated his shoulder. Already said we can run it back anytime. I'm ready to win. I'd rather do it for the championship than in a situation like this, but whatever the UFC decides, I I'm fine with that."
Complete UFC on ABC 3 results include:
Main Card (ABC, ESPN+)
Li Jingliang def. Muslim Salikhov via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:38
Matt Schnell def. Su Mudaerji via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:24
Shane Burgos def. Charles Jourdain via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Lauren Murphy def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (ESPN, ESPN+)
Punahele Soriano def. Dalcha Lungiambula via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:28
Ricky Simon def. Jack Shore via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:28
Bill Algeo def. Herbert Burns via TKO (retirement) – Round 2, 1:50
Dustin Jacoby def. Da-un Jung via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:13
Dustin Stoltzfus def. Dwight Grant via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Emily Ducote def. Jessica Penne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)