It will have been 13 months since his last fight, but undefeated featherweight Brian Ortega is ready to make his return.
And on Friday, it was reported that he’ll be facing Brazilian fighter Renato Moicano at UFC 214, which will take place on July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The LA Daily News was the first to break the fight.
Ortega was slated to fight in October against Hacran Dias, but a torn labrum suffered in training sidelined him beforehand. He last competed against Clay Guida at UFC 199, which took place at the Forum in Inglewood. Ortega won the fight via third-round knockout (knee) to raise his overall UFC record to 3-0-1 (11-0-1 overall).
His win against Mike De La Torre was made into a “no contest” when it was discovered Ortega tested positive for a banned substance.
In Moicano, he’ll be facing a fellow undefeated fighter (11-0-1), who is 3-0 in the UFC. Moicano is coming off the biggest win of his career, a split-decision victory over MMA veteran Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 24 in April.
Moicano also scored wins over Zubaira Tukhogov and Tom Niinimaki.