The black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Thiago Tavares entered this fight with a professional mma record of 19-5-1 (79% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.15 featherweight in the world. He suffered his last loss in 2013, against Khabib Nurmagomedov (=Tavares vs Nurmagomedov), but then he came back to win beating Justin Salas and Robbie Peralta (=Peralta vs Tavares).
His opponent, the undefeated Brian Ortega (black belt in Bjj as well), has a perfect record of 8-0-0 (50% submission victory rate – he has never won via ko/tko) and he fought twice last year: he won over Keoni Koch and Mike De La Torre but then the result was changed to no-contest since he tested positive for drostanolone. Tavares vs Ortega is on the undercard of Tim Boetsch vs Dan Henderson – UFC Fight Night 68. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC Fight Night 68: Boetsch vs Henderson
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Division: featherweight (145 lbs, 66 kg)
UFC Fight Night 68 fight card (main card):
Tim Boetsch vs Dan Henderson
Ben Rothwell vs Matt Mitrione
Dustin Poirier vs Yancy Medeiros
Thiago Tavares vs Brian Ortega
Joe Soto vs Anthony Birchak
Francisco Rivera vs Alex Caceres
Tavares’ previous fight: Robbie Peralta vs Thiago Tavares
Ortega’s next fight: Brian Ortega vs Diego Brandao
(Free embeddable highlights video hosted on Streamable.com)