UFC Star Brian Ortega signed a new four fight contract deal last year with the UFC. Brian and his team hoped he would be doing well by the end of his contract. You could say he is doing quite well. When Ortega first signed the contract he made conversation to headline a fight against someone like Cub Swanson.
His wish finally will come true Saturday night when he will headline the main event against Swanson. Ortega said “Im on the third fight of the contract” We hoped that by the time we hit that third fight Ortega, would get a new contract to headline against Cub. Ortega is one of the most elite young contenders at 145 pounds. Brian could definitely give Max Holloway a challenge for his featherweight title.
That’s huge for someone like Ortega who only made $52,000 on his last fight. In July Brian said he still hasn’t left the bad area in Los Angeles neighborhoods he grew up in. “Im still in the hood but im comfortable here” Ortega said. “Like the other day right before I came to Fresno there were helicopters circling cop cars, and yellow tape down my street.”
“People see me and say, ‘Hey man, what are you doing still driving that car? Why are you still living here?” Ortega says for him to move out he wants to be making a little more money. Although he is comfortable he doesn’t want to spend all his money, and have to come up with money every fight.
Ortega teaches jiu-jitsu seminars to law enforcement and does anti bullying campagins for youth. However he does make money fighting in the UFC. Brian says he makes more money teaching then fighting under the contract he’s under now. He drives a 1999 Chevy Blazer that his friends tend to give him a hard time about. Their is no more cushion on the seats the tires barley have any thread on them. He states that is what his friends always remind him of.
But, he says “I don’t care. I feel like im very young. I’ve got no worries rite now. I’m making decent money. And to be headlining this weekend, when I feel my career has just started, feels great”
Ortega has been waiting for this moment since the age of 13 fighting out in front of his house. “On my block I had all these guys coming in, and out of jail. When I was 13, I was playing outside my house, and one of those guys came across the street started cussing me out and wanting to fight me” Everyone around knew I trained kickboxing, and would get out there with my friends with the gloves which made me a target.
“He came across the street, and started swinging on me. I didn’t really want to fight, but my dad gave me a nod like, ‘Go handle your own. ‘So I kind of had no choice. The fight stopped when we tripped in the front yard, and he hit his head on some bricks and started bleeding.”
Tonight he gets his opportunity to headline his first fight against Swanson it should be a good one.