UFC Long Island live fight updates, results, highlights from Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez

UFC Long Island live fight updates, results, highlights from Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez

On July 16, Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez face off for featherweight bragging rights. For Rodriguez it is a chance to become the next title contender in the division. For Ortega, it is a chance at redemption. The UFC returns to Long Island on July 16. The fight night on ABC programming takes place inside UBS Arena.  

Ortega made his pro debut in 2010. An RTC and RFA featherweight champion, Ortega joined the UFC in 2014. His first fight with the promotion was overturned from a win to a no-contest after testing positive for drostanolone. Since then, he has gone 7-2, beating the likes of Clay Guida, Cub Swanson, and Frankie Edgar.

In 2018, Ortega lost to Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title. After rebounding in 2020 against “The Korean Zombie,” Ortega lost to Alexander Volkanovski in September for the title.

Rodriguez made his pro debut in 2011. In 2014 he won The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America Featherweight Tournament. Rodriguez is 8-2 with one no-contest with the promotion. After facing Jeremy Stephens in 2019, beating him via unanimous decision, Rodriguez wasn’t seen for a while due to injury and contract disputes with the UFC.

In November, Rodriguez returned to action, losing to Max Holloway via unanimous decision.

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The Sporting News will be providing results and highlights from the event on Long Island. Stay tuned. 

UFC Long Island Results, Highlights

Round one: 

SN unofficial scorecard: 

4:40 p.m. ET – The main event is coming up, as Brian Ortega faces Yair Rodriguez. Ortega is looking to rebound following a loss against UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. With a win, Rodriguez could be the next contender for the title. 

Amanda Lemos submits Michelle Waterson-Gomez 

4:30 p.m. ET – Front kick by Waterson in round two. Quick hands by Lemos and then she lands a guillotine. Waterson taps, but the ref didn’t see it. Lemos said she won, and Waterson acknowledged the tap. Lemos won via submission (1:48 into round two).

4:20 p.m. ET – The co-main event is coming up, with Michelle Waterson-Gomez facing Amanda Lemos. Lemos is using her leg kicks to start the first round. She now lands a sequence of shots to the face of Waterson. Overhand shots by Lemos land. Waterson tries for the front kick. Waterson then brings her down to the floor. She then landed hard shots to the face of Lemos to end the round. 

Li Jingliang drops Muslim Salikhov in the second round 

3:55 p.m. ET –  Li Jingliang vs. Muslim Salikhov in welterweight action is up next. Big spinning kick by Salikhov opens up round one. Li counters with a leg kick, but Salikhov drops him with a takedown. Salikhov tries a spinning backfist. Big right hand by Salikhov to open round two. Salikhov continues to stalk Li. The crowd is restless following the great fight by Schnell and Sumudaerji. Massive right by Li, who is now advancing forward. Big right drops Salikhov. The fight is over. (4:38 into round two)

Matt Schnell def. Sumudaerji in a Comeback and Round of the Year contender 

3:45 p.m. ET – Schnell was hit with a below the belt shot to start round two. He then hit a leg kick that forced Sumudaerji to slip. Huge left by Sumudaerji drops Schnell. Schnell then lands some uppercuts. Big elbow drops Schnell to one knee. He lands a few more, but Schnell does not go down. He lands a few combinations to the face of Sumudaerji. Schnell now takes him down and lands a few elbows to the face of Sumudaerji. The crowd is on their feet and Daniel Cormier is going crazy on commentary. Triangle choke by Schnell and he submits Sumudaerji. A wild second round ends in dramatic fashion. (4:24 into round two)

3:25 p.m. ET – Matt Schnell vs. Sumudaerji in flyweight action is up next. Schnell takes him down to the floor right away and starts to mount. He then takes the back of Sumudaerji. Sumudaerji lands a side slam to the floor. Schnell is able to recover, however. 

Shane Burgos edges Charles Jourdain in a slugfest

3:10 p.m. ET – Burgos climbs on top of Jourdain to start round two. He shifts a few times to get good placement, holding onto the body triangle. Burgos with another rear-naked choke attempt. Burgos bashed the head of Jourdain to end round two. Both fighters connect with blows to open round three. Jourdain gets some momentum and pulls Burgos by the cage, punching the body. He outlanded Burgos 60-20 at one point in the round. Jumping knee and uppercut by Jourdain and Burgos is bleeding. Burgos is taking a lot of damage but surviving. Big head kick by Jourdain to end the round. That third round was not enough as Burgos ended up winning via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28). 

2:55 p.m. ET – New York’s Shane Burgos is ready for action next against Charles Jourdain. Burgos has fought on a majority of UFC cards in New York since it became legal there. Jourdain with a big kick to start, but Burgos connects with a sharp left. Burgos now has him up by the cage. Jourdain tries for the guillotine but Burgos gets back up and is on his back. Burgos then tries a choke of his own but Jourdain battles out of it. Jourdain trips Burgos and then lands nasty left hooks. Flying knee for Jourdain to end round one. 

It was just announced that Charles Oliveira will face Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC lightweight title on October 22 in Abu Dhabi for UFC 280.

Lauren Murphy back on track following Miesha Tate win

2:40 p.m. ET – Tate’s eye is closed shut heading into round three, possibly from a clash of heads. She tries a takedown but Murphy fights out of it. Murphy lands knee strikes within the clinch. She then lands a huge elbow to the bad eye of Tate. Both start trading shots to the delight of the crowd. Murphy ended up winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). 

2:25 p.m. ET – Round two begins with Murphy coming out with stronger shots. Tate, who has a busted nose, lands a huge right to the face of Murphy. Murphy drops Tate with a big takedown and punishes her by the cage. Tate presses forward for some offense, but Murphy looks like the sharper fighter. Takedown attempt is blocked by Tate. Tate lands a huge elbow within the clinch, something she had success with the entire fight. 

2:15 p.m. ET – Miesha Tate is back in action, this time in a new division. She fights Lauren Murphy in a flyweight bout. Murphy starts with a takedown attempt right away and lands a knee to the face of Tate. They trade shots in the center of the octagon. Combinations by Tate land, while Murphy lands a few of her own. Murphy lands a takedown and now smothers Tate by the cage. The former used her hips to quickly get back up following a Tate takedown attempt. Both fighters are clinching, trying to find the ultimate edge.  

2 p.m. ET – We are LIVE as the UFC fight night heads to Long Island. On ABC, fans are already excited for show for the ages. 

Ricky Simon shocked the world by submitting fan favorite Jack Shore, while Punahele Soriano defeated Dalcha Lungiambula via knockout to end the prelims. 

Herbert Burns could not continue, and was basically crawling to his corner in his fight against Bill Algeo. Algeo survived a triangle choke attempt. Once Burns could not get to his corner in a timely manner, Keith Peterson called the fight off. 

Justin Jacoby landed a vicious shot against Dwight Grant in the first round, resulting in his record going to 9-0-1 in 10 contests. Herbert Burns could not continue, and was basically crawling to his corner in his fight against Bill Algeo. 

UFC Long Island is underway. Opening up the card, Invicta’s Emily Ducote defeated Jessica Penne via unanimous decision. Dustin Stoltzfus also beat Dwight Grant via unanimous decision.  

When is UFC Long Island: Ortega vs. Rodriguez?

  • Date: Saturday, July 16
  • Start time: 11 a.m. ET
  • Main card: 2 p.m. ET
  • Main event: 5:15 p.m. ET (approximate) 

UFC Long Island will take place Saturday, July 16. The event will start at 11 a.m. ET and the main card will begin at 2 p.m. ET. Ortega and Rodriguez will make their way to the octagon around 5:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

How to watch UFC Long Island: Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez

  • TV channels/live stream: ESPN, ESPN+, ABC

The prelims for UFC on ABC will be available on the ESPN+ streaming service. They will also air on ESPN. The main card will air on ESPN+ and ABC.

Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez price: How much does UFC Long Island cost? 

You can pay $6.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $69.99.

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UFC Long Island: Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez fight card

Main card

  • Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez; Featherweights
  • Michelle Waterson vs. Amanda Lemos; Strawweights
  • Li Jingliang vs. Muslim Salikhov; Welterweights
  • Matt Schnell vs. Su Mudaerji; Flyweights
  • Shane Burgos vs. Charles Jourdain; Featherweights
  • Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate; Flyweights


  • Ricky Simon vs. Jack Shore; Bantamweights
  • Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Punahele Soriano; Middleweights
  • Bill Algeo vs. Herbert Burns; Featherweights
  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Da Un Jung; Light Heavyweights
  • Dwight Grant vs. Dustin Stoltzfus; Middleweights
  • Philip Rowe vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov; Welterweights
  • Jessica Penne vs. Emily Ducote; Strawweights