Eight months after undergoing shoulder surgery, Brian Ortega is back.
The undefeated South Bay prospect, who suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder, returns to take on fellow unbeaten featherweight Renato Moicano at UFC 214 on July 29 at Honda Center.
Ortega (11-0, 1 NC) was ranked 10th in the UFC’s 145-pound division and scheduled to fight 11th-ranked Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 96 on Oct. 1, before the Aug. 25 training incident forced him out of the bout and put him on the shelf. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt was coming off a third-round TKO of veteran Clay Guida at UFC 199 in June at The Forum.
Despite the inactivity, Ortega, 26, has risen to No. 9 in the featherweight rankings.
Moicano (10-0-1) was unranked before his split-decision upset of fifth-ranked Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 24 on April 15. The 28-year-old Brazilian, who is 3-0 in the UFC, is now ranked 11th and recently asked for a Top 5 opponent.
UFC 214 is headlined by the highly anticipated light heavyweight title rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and interim champion Jon Jones. At the start of 2015, Jones defended the 205-pound title and handed Cormier his only loss via unanimous decision at UFC 182 before getting stripped of the belt nearly four months later because of a hit-and-run incident in New Mexico.
Other fights scheduled for UFC 214:
- No. 3 featherweight Ricardo Lamas (17-5) vs. No. 5 Chan Sung Jung (14-4) — aka ‘Korean Zombie’
- No. 13 featherweight Doo Ho Choi (14-2) of South Korea vs. Andre Fili (16-4).
- No. 8…
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