Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega: Statistical Breakdown

This Saturday, March 3, the Ultimate Fighting Champion brings an action packed card to Las Vegas live on pay per view.

One of the most intriguing fights on the card lies a Featherweight co-main event clash between former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar against ranked contender and rising star Brian Ortega.  We look at the numbers behind these two fighters to determine who is most likely to come away with the victory come Saturday night.

Frankie “The Answer” Edgar

Age: 36

Day of Birth: October 16, 1981

Height: 5’6

Reach: 72 inches

Born: Toms River, New Jersey

Fighting out of: Toms River, New Jersey

Head Coach: Ricardo Almeida

Gym: Ricardo Almeida Jiu Jitsu

Record: 22-5-1 (16-5-1 in UFC)

Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,946,000 USD

Notable wins: BJ Penn, Chad Mendes, Urijah Faber

Accolades

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • UFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
    • Two successful title defenses
  • Performance Awards
    • Fight of the Night
      • Tyson Griffin (UFC 67)
      • Hermes Franca (UFC Fight Night 14)
      • Matt Veach (TUF 10 Finale)
      • Gray Maynard (UFC 125)
      • Benson Henderson (UFC 144)
      • Jose Aldo (UFC 156)
      • Charles Oliveira (UFC 162)
    • Knockout of the Night
      • Gray Maynard (UFC 156)
    • Performance of the Night
      • Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 57)
      • Chad Mendes (TUF 22 Finale)

Sherdog

  • Fight of the Year (2011) vs. Gray Maynard
  • 2011 All-Violence Second Team
  • 2014 All-Violence First Team
  • 2017 Beatdown of the Year vs. Yair Rodriguez

World MMA Awards

  • Fight of the Year (2011) vs. Gray Maynard on January 1

Reality Fighting

  • Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship

ESPN

  • 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Benson Henderson at UFC 144

ESPY Award

  • Best Upset ESPY Award – Nomination (2010)

Statistics

7 wins via Knockout

4 wins via Submission

11 wins via Judges Decision

Never lost via finish (All losses come via decision)

15-1 in three-round fights

7-4-1 in five-round fights

3.55 Significant strikes landed/ minute

40% striking accuracy

2.15 strikes absorbed/ minute

70% striking defense

2.59 takedowns landed per 15 minutes

35% takedown accuracy

65% takedown defense accuracy

Average Fight time: 17:38

Fun Facts

Professional Debut: July 2005

Coached season 19 of the Ultimate Fighter.

1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida

Holds the second latest finish in UFC history (4:56) against Cub Swanson. Longest in Featherweight history.

Third most fights that have gone to a decision in UFC history. (9-5-1)

Second most Unanimous Decision wins in UFC history (9)

Second most landed significant strikes landed in a UFC career (1378)

Fifth most landed strikes landed in title fights (584)

Third most takedowns landed among current fighters on the roster (67)

 

Brian “T-City” Ortega

Age: 27

Day of Birth: February 21, 1991

Height: 5’8

Reach: 69 inches

Born: Torrance, California

Fighting out of: Torrance, California

Head Coach: Rener Gracie

Gym: Blackhouse MMA

Record: 13-0, 1 NC (5-0, 1 NC in UFC)

Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,946,000 USD

Notable wins: BJ Penn, Chad Mendes, Urijah Faber

Accolades

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Fight of the Night
    • Thiago Tavares (UFC Fight Night 68)
    • Renato Moicano (UFC 214)
    • Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 123)
  • Performance of the Night
    • Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 123)

MMAJunkie.com

  • 2015 June Fight of the Month vs. Thiago Tavares

Resurrection Fighting Alliance

  • RFA Featherweight Champion (one time)

Statistics

7 wins via Submission

2 wins via Knockout

Undefeated

4 wins via Judges Decision

3.53 Significant strikes landed/ minute

32% striking accuracy

5.23 strikes absorbed/ minute

55% striking defense

0.24 takedowns landed per 15 minutes

14% takedown accuracy

56% takedown defense accuracy

Average Fight time: 10:35

Fun Facts

Professional Debut: April 2010

Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Rener Gracie

Popped for “drostanolone” and was fined $2,500 and suspended for nine months. in 2014

Suspended from July 13, 2014 – March 13, 2015

Has competed for Resurrection Fighting Alliance

Hold the record for most third round stoppage victories at Featherweight in the UFC (4).

 

 

 

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