Highly ranked featherweights aiming to solidify their positions as championship contenders clash this weekend when Brian Ortega takes on Yair Rodriguez in the main event at UFC on ABC 3.
Prelim action at UFC Long Island is set to get underway on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. ET at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, with the main card scheduled for an early 2 p.m. start. Perched at No. 2 in the UFC featherweight rankings, Brian Ortega opens the week as the favorite on the UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez odds.
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Brian Ortega vs Yair Rodriguez Notes
Ortega returns to the Octagon for the first time since dropping a unanimous decision to Alexander Volkanovski in a failed bid for the UFC featherweight title last September at UFC 266. Ortega has fought just three times over the past 52 months, with his lone victory over that span coming against The Korean Zombie at UFC Fight Island in October 2020.
Rodriguez has also been idle since falling to Max Holloway by unanimous decision last November at UFC Vegas 42. “El Pantera” has maintained control of the No. 3 spot in the UFC featherweight rankings despite earning just two wins in five outings since January 2017.
Ortega vs Rodriguez Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has Ortega listed as a -170 favorite on the UFC Long Island odds, while Rodriguez lags as a +140 underdog.
Ortega’s -170 odds translate to an implied win probability of 62.96 percent, while Rodriguez’s +140 odds translate to an implied win probability of 41.67 percent.
UFC Long Island betting fans looking to cash in on the biggest underdog of the night should keep a close eye on the co-main event of the evening, where Michelle Waterson sports lengthy +250 odds in her date with fellow women’s strawweight Amanda Lemos.
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Main Event Odds & Pick
A pair of UFC featherweight contenders aiming to kick-start their respective careers highlights the main card on Saturday at UFC Long Island. Brian Ortega (-170) has plenty of work to do to get back into the win column following recent losses to champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champ Max Holloway.
However, a lengthy layoff has not hurt him at the sportsbooks, where he is pegged as a clear favorite for the first time in over six years. Yair Rodriguez (+140) finds himself pegged as an underdog in consecutive fights for the first time since 2016.
El Pantera was listed as a distant +500 underdog in his unanimous-decision loss to Max Holloway last time out, ending an eight-fight stretch in which he sported negative odds seven times.
Prediction: Brian Ortega (-170); UNDER 4.5 rounds (-130)
Rivals aiming to make gains in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings capture the spotlight in Saturday’s co-main event. Amanda Lemos (-350) aims to bounce back from a speedy first-round submission loss to Jessica Andrade less than three months ago.
She takes on veteran Michelle Waterson (+250), who returns to the strawweight division searching for just her second win in five fights since March 2019.
Prediction: Amanda Lemos (-350); OVER 2.5 (-240)
Jingliang Li vs Muslim Salikhov Odds & Pick
Muslim Salikhov (-175) eyes a spot among the top 15 in the UFC welterweight rankings, as he looks to extend his current win streak to six fights when he faces Jingliang Li (+145) on Saturday afternoon.
Salikhov has been idle since claiming a unanimous-decision win over Francisco Trinaldo 13 months ago at UFC Vegas 28, while Li clings to No. 14 in the rankings after falling to defeat in two of his past three contests.
Prediction: Muslim Salikhov (-175); UNDER 2.5 rounds (+130)