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UFC on ABC 3: Brian Ortega suffers separated shoulder injury against Yair Rodriguez

The shoulder of Brian Ortega collapsed under the historic spotlight of UFC on ABC 3 Saturday afternoon.

The main event came to a premature halt when Ortega’s shoulder dislocated on the ground against Yair Rodriguez, forcing referee Keith Petersen to halt the contest at 4:11 of the first round.

Ortega was understandably emotional in the post-fight press conference. “The grip was tight on my arm and it dislocated – that was it – no armlock, no nothing,” Ortega said to Megan Olivi. “It was dislocated. Freak accident. It just sucks. The first time it’s every happened in my entire career. The first time it’s ever happened. I’m just taken aback by it.

“Everything was going my way. Literally I was winning every minute of the fight. I was sticking to the game plan because I do get emotional. … The world saw I was about to show what I do best, which is grapple and take control. Then the second we hit the ground my freaking arm just came out.”

Both fighters said they are willing to run it back, but for now, it goes into the book as a TKO victory for Rodriguez.

UFC president Dana White seemed receptive to an interim title fight between Rodriguez and Josh Emmett, who has been vocally pushing for a title fight.

Matt Schnell and Su Mudaerji earned Fight of the Night, while Dustin Jacoby, Bill Algeo, Ricky Simon, Punahele Soriano, Amanda Lemos, and Li Jingliang earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

EMILY DUCOTE DEF. JESSICA PENNE VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

DUSTIN STOLTFUZ DEF. DWIGHT GRANT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

DUSTIN JACOBY DEF. DA UN JUNG VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 3:13

BILL ALGEO DEF. HERBERT BURNS VIA TKO (RETIREMENT) R2 1:50

RICKY SIMON DEF. JACK SHORE VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE) R2 3:28

PUNAHELE SORIANO DEF. DALCHA LUNGIAMBULA VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 0:28

MAIN CARD

LAUREN MURPHY VS. MIESHA TATE

WINNER: LAUREN MURPHY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LAUREN MURPHY VIA UD

Andrews: Murphy put some knocks on Miesha’s face. Have to wonder what will happen going further.

SHANE BURGOS VS. CHARLES JOURDAIN

WINNER: SHANE BURGOS VIA MD (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHARLES JOURDAIN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Props to Burgos for going the distance fighting a good fight.

#8 MATT SCHNELL VS. #12 SU MUDAERJI

WINNER: MATT SCHNELL VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE) R2 4:24

ANDREWS PREDICITION: MATT SCHNELL VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! What a comeback by Matt.

JINGLIANG LI VS. MUSLIM SALIKHOV

WINNER: JINGLIANG LI VIA TKO (PUNCHES AND ELBOWS) R2 4:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MUSLIM SALIKHOV VIA UD

Andrews Wow! I was expecting Muslim to better than that, but credit to Li for going after it.

#10 MICHELLE WATERSON VS. #11 AMANDA LEMOS 

WINNER: AMANDA LEMOS VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R2 1:48

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA LEMOS VIA UD 

Andrews: Great win for Amanda. This makes up for Jessica.

MAIN EVENT

#2 BRIAN ORTEGA VS. #3 YAIR RODRIGUEZ

 

WINNER: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO (SHOULDER INJURY) R1 4:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRIAN ORTEGA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: This happens from time to time. Let’s run it back.

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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