Frankie Edgar vs Brian Ortega

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Throughout his UFC career, Brian Ortega has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Ortega is successful, he will throw the left jab followed by an occasional straight right hand or lead left hook. Once Ortega throws the initial combination, he would retract his arms back towards his body and place his hands at about chest height. Brian intentionally puts his hands at about chest height because he wants to give the illusion that his head and body are wide open to be countered. If the opponent takes the bait, he will throw a counter strike from the edge of the pocket or take a step in an attempt to throw the counter. When the opponent decides to take a step in, Ortega will reach out to get a body lock or duck under to shoot for a takedown. If he is successful, Brian will slowly start moving his arms up the back of his opponent until he reaches the neck to lock in a guillotine choke. For instance, in the first round of the Cub Swanson fight, Cub stepped in to throw a counter left hook to the body, but in the process, he got caught in a body lock. Once this happened, Brian slowly started to move his arms up the back of his opponent until he reaches the neck to lock in a guillotine choke.

Cub Swanson vs Brian Ortega fight on UFC Fight Night 123

However, Frankie Edgar has most likely been made aware of Brian Ortega’s tendencies by his coach Mark Henry. As a result, Edgar will look to engage with Ortega in short spurts where he can land his strikes and immediately get out of range. For instance, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by the straight or overhand right. After Edgar finishes his striking combination, he should take a couple of steps back and circle out to the left away from the power hand of Brian. The strategy should force Ortega to reset by having to chase Edgar around the octagon constantly.

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