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A featherweight showdown between Brian
Ortega
and Yair
Rodriguez
has been targeted for the main event of a UFC card on
July 16.


ESPN Deportes
was first to report that both fighters have
verbally agreed to the pairing. A location for the event has not
been determined.

The 31-year-old Ortega is coming off a unanimous decision loss to
Alexander
Volkanovski
in a 145-pound title bout at UFC 266 last
September. “T-City” is 0-2 in championship fights, with a
fourth-round stoppage loss to Max
Holloway
in December 2018 on his resume. Ortega is 15-2 as
professional with notable wins over the likes of Chan Sung
Jung
, Frankie
Edgar
, Cub Swanson,
Renato
Carneiro
and Clay
Guida
.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, last appeared at UFC Fight Night 197 this
past November, when he dropped a five-round verdict against
Holloway in his first bout since October 2019. The Mexican
featherweight is 8-2 with one no contest in the Las Vegas-based
promotion and owns notable triumphs against the likes of Jeremy
Stephens
, Jung, B.J. Penn,
Alex
Caceres
and Dan
Hooker
.


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