(Video) UFC’s Brian Ortega draws ire from referee Mark Goddard for maintaining a submission hold for several seconds

UFC featherweight Brian Ortega marked his return against Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs Royval 2. The co-main event stirred excitement among fans, eager to witness Ortega’s performance after a hiatus of almost two years.

Before the bout started, Ortega encountered a momentary slip during warm-up. This ended up causing a buckle in his ankle. Surprisingly, this mishap didn’t hinder Ortega and had no impact on his footwork.

Rodriguez is an active contender on the roster. He showcased his skills, nearly concluding the bout in the first round. However, Ortega weathered the storm and made a powerful comeback in the second round.

The 33-year-old Ortega leaned on his impressive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, effectively neutralizing Rodriguez’s striking. Positioned on the mount, Ortega executed impactful ground-and-pound strikes, causing significant damage to his opponent. Although the match didn’t conclude in that round, Ortega sensed an impending finish.

In the third round, he successfully took Rodriguez to the ground. Ortega then executed a submission victory via an arm triangle.

With a current record of 16-3-1 (including 8 submission victories) the Mexican-American showcased his skills once again.

Ortega faced a formidable opponent in Rodriguez, a more sophisticated striker with sharper techniques. But Rodriguez’s grappling couldn’t match Ortega’s, ultimately costing him the bout. However, Yair paid the price since his grappling was not on the same level as Ortega’s. Despite having five submission victories in his MMA career, Rodriguez never seemed at ease on the mat while facing Ortega.

After the match, fans heavily criticized Rodriguez’s grappling technique.

One fan wrote: “Horrible submission defense by Rodriguez. Impressed by Ortega, though. Give me Ortega vs. Topuria!”

Another wrote: “So was Ortega but Yair had no ground game against a dangerous submission artist.”

Fans flooded social media with mixed reactions, praising Ortega’s comeback while criticizing Rodriguez’s performance.

A fan commented: “OMG Brian Ortega!! 😱😱😱 What a comeback!”

Another fan wrote: “Ortega with the submission 🫣, wasn’t expecting that.”

But for a short while, it seemed as if Ortega was unaware that Yair had given in and retained possession of the triangle. After the match, Ortega even had to face off with referee Marc Goddard. After the referee made a vigorous intervention, it seemed like Ortega finally returned to his senses.

This was also noticed by several fans, who brought it up on social media.

A fan said: “Ortega held on to that submission a little long after Yari tapped.”

Another fan remarked: “Ortega casually holding the submission for an additional 5 seconds after the tap.”