Pro fighters make their picks for Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega 2

By Cole Shelton - February 22, 2024

In the co-main event of UFC Mexico City, a rematch between top-four featherweights goes down as Yair Rodriguez takes on Brian Ortega. Heading into the rematch, Rodriguez is a slight -158 favorite while ‘T-City’ is a +124 underdog on FanDuel.

Yair Rodriguez and Brian Ortega

Ahead of the scrap, reached out to several pro fighters to make their picks for the featherweight fight at UFC Mexico City. In their first fight back in July 2021 Rodriguez won in the first round due to a shoulder injury suffered by Ortega. However, in the rematch, the pros are actually going with the underdog in Ortega to pull off the upset. Fighter Picks Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega 2:

Max Griffin, UFC welterweight: Ortega gets this one back. He’s my boy and I think he submits Rodriguez. He had some success in that first fight he can build off here.

Geoff Neal, UFC welterweight: I’m going to go with Ortega in the rematch.

Jim Miller, UFC lightweight: Ortega I think. He should be able to use his grappling to get the win.

Marcus McGhee, UFC bantamweight: Man, that is such a tough one. I just think Yair Rodrigues has the cleaner striking and Ortega will struggle to get him down. I’ll say Rodriguez wins a decision, but it will be a close, fun fight.

Devin Clark, UFC light heavyweight: I’ll go with Ortega. I think he can control Yair on the ground.

Chris Duncan, UFC lightweight: The first fight was weird with the shoulder, but I think Ortega gets it done in the rematch.

Chad Anheliger, UFC bantamweight: I think Yair keeps this one standing and just pieces up Ortega to get a decision.


Fighters picking Yair Rodriguez: Marcus McGhee, Chad Anheliger

Fighters picking Brian Ortega: Max Griffin, Geoff Neal, Jim Miller, Devin Clark, Chris Duncan

ICYMI: Fighters also picked the UFC Mexico City main event between Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval.


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